Officially commited to Syracuse University ! #Cuseeeee??— Doyle Grimes (@MealTicket__) July 5, 2014
The commitment came as a bit of a surprise as Grimes had previously indicated he would take visits after the dead period and then decide. Something changed on Saturday.
"All of the linebackers that they had are basically going to be gone," Grimes said. "That made me feel like there's a good chance for me to play early. Right now Syracuse is the best opportunity for me. I feel that I'll make a big impact up there at Syracuse."
"On Friday, I was talking it over with my mom over and over. Then I woke up this morning and I just wanted to pull the trigger. I knew where I wanted to go. I just wanted it to be set in stone already. I didn't want to have to not know where I wanted to go. So I woke up and called coach George McDonald and I pulled the trigger."
Grimes not only caught Syracuse fans by surprise with his decision during the holiday weekend, but shocked coach McDonald, his primary recruiter, as well.
"At first he didn't believe me," Grimes said. "He was just like, ‘are you serious?' I told him I was for real and he was happy. Then I talked to the head coach and made it official."
That relationship between coach McDonald and the 6-foot-2 linebacker was a critical factor in his decision.
"Coach McDonald is a great guy," Grimes said. "He's real cool. He always checks up on me. He always touches base with me. He never left me out to dry. He always, always reaches out to me. He always called to check up on me. That played a big role in my commitment as well."
Grimes has not visited the Syracuse campus. Despite that, he felt comfortable enough to make the Orange his future home.
"One of my former teammates, Antwan Cordy, he's up there already," Grimes said. "I kind of have been talking to him about the campus and campus life as well. I'm going to get up there and visit the school to get a tour of the campus by myself. I wasn't really worried about it. I just felt like Syracuse was the best place for me right now."
"I'm looking forward to graduating with my engineering degree," Grimes said. "I'm trying to get up there and play ball. I hope to help them win ACC Championships."
The talented linebacker spent his previous seasons at South Dade High School, but transferred to Champagnat Catholic, home of ‘Cuse commit Gerald Robinson, for his senior campaign. He is the 20th member of Syracuse's 2015 class, second linebacker and seventh prospect from Florida.