Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2021 3-star WR/ATH Kamonte Grimes (Naples, Fla.) out of Palmetto Ridge High School is the latest wideout to earn an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers and wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted. Grimes has over 20 listed offers, but Michigan and Kentucky have separated themselves from the pack according to 247. Ohio State, Tennessee, Maryland, Nebraska, Miami (Fla.) and many others have also offered.
After a great talk with @CoachWhitted I am blessed to say I have received an offer from The University of Wisconson-Madison ⚪️ @coachPJGibbs @jimleonhard #GoBadgers #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/Qo6Ryx6gRc— Kamonté Grimes (@KG3life_) May 4, 2020
You’ll note that Grimes also tags defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard in his post and that the two pictures he chose are of defensive players. 247 Sports lists him as an athlete, while Rivals and ESPN (who has him ranked as a 4-star and No. 281 in the ESPN 300) both have him listed as a wide receiver. His Hudl profile notes that he also plays strong safety, so who knows where the Badgers see him playing in the future, but for now we’ll assume wide receiver.
Grimes is a 6-foot-3 and 200 pound WR who recruiting analyst Tom Lemming describes as:
He will be recruited at either the WR or SS positions. On Film–Kamonte is a sure handed WR who is as tough as they come. He catches everything within his frame and he can keep a defense honest with his speed and moves. On defense, he shows excellent range, loose hips, and excels when the ball is in the air. A hard hitting SS with a nose for the ball.
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As Lemming mentioned, Grimes really does have a nose for the ball, on both offense and defense. He always seems to know exactly where the ball is regardless of where it is coming from. He’s also fast, especially for a wideout his size. He’s running past kids without even putting a move on them. His body control is also impressive as there are a number of highlights on his Hudl tape where he makes a catch and there is a flag thrown for pass interference.
It would appear that Whitted has a type when it comes to wide receivers and it’s, uh, big/fast ones. That’s cool with me!