It’s hard to believe, but one of the top running backs in the state of Washington, 2016 Lake Stevens’ Andrew Grimes, has yet to receive an offer from a college program. However, the tide could be turning on that front now that his senior season has concluded.
Over the past two seasons, Grimes has been one of the most productive tailbacks, not just in the state, but in the entire region as he’s rushed for nearly 3,300 yards and 51 touchdowns.
This past season, Grimes carried the ball 167 times for 1,634 yards and 28 scores while helping to lead his team to a 12-1 record and a berth in the 4A State semi-finals.
“We had a good season, but we definitely didn’t end it like we planned,” Grimes said shortly after his team lost to eventual state runner-up Skyline, ending their season. “We bonded together as brothers and we had a really good season. We were disappointed with not getting farther and, of course we wanted a title, but in the end, when you look back on what we accomplished, all in all, it was a really good season for us.”
At 5-11, 200 pounds and running a 4.65 40, Grimes has the skills to be a very good tailback at the next level, however, up until this point, all he’s had is tepid interest from schools.
“I’m not really sure why I haven’t gotten the interest from schools,” Grimes said. “It might be because I didn’t get out to many camps during the summer or it could be just because I played with the best quarterback in the country (Jacob Eason) so a lot of coaches paid more attention to the passing game than our running game, but honestly, I’m not really sure.”
So far, the main schools that have been contacting Grimes include Idaho and Portland State with Washington State giving him a look as a possible walk-on.
“I went to a lot of the Washington (Husky) games and I have talked to the coaches from Idaho and Portland State, but so far, that’s pretty much it,” Grimes noted. “Washington State is showing some interest too, but so far, they haven’t said too much.”
Grimes has the natural instincts and vision to be successful in college and with his experience as a receiver out of the backfield and in pass-protection, he could be a real asset in almost any system.
The senior tailback is a player to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as the 2016 class gets closer to signing their letters-of-intent on Wednesday, February 3rd, and things could really start to heat up on the recruiting front with him as different prospects start to make their decisions and teams are looking to fill out their class.
Northwest Elite Index will continue to keep tabs on Grimes and his recruitment and we will have more on him in the very near future.