Syracuse landed a commitment from Doyle Grimes on Saturday. While he is set to enter his senior year, he will be doing so at a different school. Grimes spent his prior high school years at South Dade Senior High School in Miami, but has transferred to Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah (Fla.) over the summer.
Champagnat head coach Mike Tunsil has seen Grimes' film and has been able to work with him over the summer as well. He believes the Orange are getting a talented player.
"He's long and rangy," Tunsil said. "Our defensive coordinator coached Lavonte David at Miami Northwestern. David is now with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Everyday he said that Grimes reminds him of David. He's a workaholic. He's doing all of the right things in the classroom.
"He's a summer graduate so that will help him get up there early. He comes from a good football family. His brother plays for the University of Miami, so he definitely knows the game."
Grimes physical gifts make him standout on the field, and project him to be a perfect fit for Syracuse's aggressive defensive system.
"He's physical and he can run," Tunsil said. "He can really run. He's a legit 6-foot-2, 205 right now. Once he gets to college, he'll put on 25 or 30-pounds. I can definitely see him being a big time player at Syracuse. I haven't had him for that long, but I do know that once he adds that weight he'll be really good football player."
Off the field, coach Tunsil has already noticed Grimes establishing himself as a leader.
"In the short amount of time he's been here with us, he's definitely been a leader during the 7-on-7 games," Tunsil said. "He's the guy that's talking to the kids and telling them to keep their head up. He came from a winning program last year and he's a natural born leader."
While Syracuse has had success recruiting Florida in the past, Grimes was a priority target for them in this cycle. Coach Tunsil sees big things ahead for the 6-foot-2 linebacker.
"He's a hard worker," Tunsil said. "He wants to be great. Like I said, his brother plays for the Hurricanes. He definitely has that motivation to be good. He's a hard worker and I think he'll be great for Syracuse."