Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 | 4:23 p.m.
But when news broke Friday that USC coach Pete Carroll was almost certain to leave for the Seattle Seahawks, other colleges almost immediately contacted the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Grimble.
He was more than willing to listen to what they had to say.
"I wouldn't say that I am de-committed, but I definitely open-minded to other schools," Grimble said. "Things have changed. I am going to take some visits and see where is the best place for me."
Grimble, who caught 35 passes for 705 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009, is rated as the nation's No. 1 tight end by multiple scouting services. He is consensus top 50 prospect.
Grimble has no recruiting trips scheduled, but said LSU, Florida and UCLA are all possibilities. He will probably travel to UCLA next weekend.
Grimble said he would wait to see what transpires at USC before making a decision, but plans on keeping his options open. He said schools like LSU and Florida have said their scholarship offer is still good.
"I have to back track a little bit and look at a few schools just in case," Grimble said.
Grimble said he tried to contact Carroll on Friday, but still hasn't heard back. He did talk to USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who encouraged Grimble to stay committed.
"USC is just a big question mark right now," Grimble said. "I'm still trying to get over that Pete Carroll is gone."
Grimble helped Gorman win two state titles over the last three years, including this fall when the Gaels went 15-0 and finished ranked No. 25 nationally. He's also a contributor on the defending state champion basketball team.
He's disappointed about Carroll leaving, but equally optimistic that a better opportunity will present itself.
"Everything happens for a reason," he said. "USC is definitely where I want to go. That is my dream. Pete Carroll was a big part of that, but not the only reason. I still like the school and what it has to offer."
Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.