Scouting Report on Xavier GrimbleHow we scouted: Film footage, In-person visits, Camp settingby Barry Every - 08/14/2009
- SpeedBlue Chip
- SizeBlue Chip
- StrengthBlue Chip
- AgilityDivision I Player
- Ball SkillsDivision I Player
On the Hoof: Huge, hulking tight end with a lean, yet muscular upper body and a lower half of an athletic offensive lineman. From the waist down, he just looks like someone that can push defensive ends and linebackers around.
Needs Improvement: Needs to watch how big his lower half gets or he may become an athletic offensive tackle. Also needs to improve overall speed and route running.
Most Impressive: His size makes him a mismatch for any linebacker or safety at the next level. Grimble also possesses soft hands for a giant. He didn't get a chance to catch a ton of balls as a junior, but that will change in 2009.
Conclusion: Like linebackers, tight ends make up a huge portion of all special teams and he should get a chance here and earn some playing time in mop-up duty as a freshman. Expect by his sophomore season that he will be either in the playing rotation or the tight end used most on running plays.
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina