Washington State has added their second verbal commitment in the last week as Derrion Grim, a former Nebraska wide receiver, has accepted an offer from the Cougars, according to a report on Twitter from Cougfan.com.
Grim, listed at 6-foot-0, 195-pounds and expected to contribute at Nebraska as a true freshman, arrived in Lincoln as a three-star early enrollee last January, however he never suited up for the Cornhuskers, eventually leaving the program during fall camp.
According to multiple reports, Grim felt uncomfortable in Lincoln, stating he didn’t feel at home. Grim also reportedly had concerns about Mike Riley’s offensive vision, saying he expected the Cornhuskers to pass more often in four receiver sets*.
*Grim appears to have a point here, if he was indeed sold that the Cornhuskers would be throwing the ball more, as Nebraska is No. 23 in the country in rushing (234.5 yards per game) and No. 64 in passing offense (238.4 yards per game). He’ll probably see *just* a little more passes flying his way in Pullman.
“It wasn’t really a struggle. That was one of the decisions I have made,” Grim told RecordNet.com. “It took a little pressure. That’s what I grew up with. That’s just something that I dealt with. Pressure makes diamonds, so that’s just what I had to do.”
Grim’s high school coach also had a glowing review of Grim, who has since transferred to San Joaquin Delta College near his home in Stockton, Calif., for his freshman season.
"He's a bright light in this community," McNair High School coach Terrance Hampton told the Lincoln Journal Star. "That's one thing I'm going to cherish, is the way he carries himself. When other kids were going to the party, he'd go on home."
Since arriving at Delta College, Grim has adjusted well, piling up 32 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns through five games this season.
The transfer rules are a little tricky for 4-2-4 transfers, which indicates that a student athlete must: complete an average of 12 hours of transferable degree credit per term of full-time attendance at the junior college; earn at least a 2.000 GPA in those transferable courses; have at least one calendar year elapse since leaving the original four-year school; and graduate from the junior college.
As an early enrollee, Grim has a head start on obtaining his associate arts degree, something he will likely obtain by next spring. The issue here is the calendar year rule. Grim arrived at Delta College in early September, so he may not be eligible to play until then. Either way, he’s likely to arrive at Washington State in June with the rest of the 2017 class with four years to play three.
Grim was ranked the No. 120 receiver in the country in the 2016 recruiting class, according to the 24/7 Sports Composite. Prior to receiving an offer and eventually signing a financial aid agreement with Nebraska, Grim was committed to Boise State.
As a senior at McNair High School, Grim was simply unstoppable, hauling in 96 catches for 1,928 yards and 34 touchdowns, which tied a single-season state record and earned him first team All-America honors from Parade Magazine.
Grim joins Tyquez Hampton and Anthony White as receivers in Washington State’s 2017 recruiting class, which now sits at 13 commitments. It appears that after a rough stretch over the last few weeks, the Cougars’ dominant play on the field is translating to the recruiting trail.