With transfer portal season officially upon us, college football fans are beginning to witness big names from their favorite teams announce their decision to enter the portal.
While Grimes did not see the field much in his senior season with the Sooners, the Tennessee native has recorded a total of 45 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles during his time in Norman.
Coming out of high school, the 6-foot-4, 278-pound defensive lineman was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index in the Class of 2020, as well as the nation’s 233rd-ranked player. He also checked in as the 13th-ranked player at his position and the sixth-ranked player in the state of Tennessee.
Former director of scouting Barton Simmons spoke on Grimes saying, “Long, high-cut athlete with enormous physical upside. One of the best athletes in the country from a combine perspective. Grimes excels in track as well. Naturally strong and can deliver jarring hits. He’s good as a pursuit defender and easily runs down action away. His athleticism and frame combo point towards edge pass rusher but he could be effective at linebacker, or on offense at tight end long term. Likely an impact Power Five player and a mid to early-round NFL Draft pick with upside as high as the first round.”
Oklahoma will now have a new spot to fill ahead of the 2024 season. Still, with this offseason shaping up to include one of the busiest portal cycles in college football history, Brent Venables should have some options available for replacement.