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Hawaii football secures 4-star cornerback

By Stephen Tsai


Tony Grimes, a former 4-star cornerback from Hollywood, Fla., will be joining the University of Hawaii football team.

Grimes has been accepted into UH. He arrives in town this weekend.

Grimes will have three years to play two UH seasons. He is expected to compete for a starting cornerback's job in training camp, which opens on Aug. 1.

"I'm going to be a Warrior," Grimes told the Star-Advertiser. "Hawaii has a good program and good coaches. I want to be part of that."

In 2010, ESPN gave Grimes a 4-star rating and listed him as the nation's 16th-best cornerback among high school seniors.

Grimes chose Mississippi, turning down offers from Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan and Maryland.

He played nine games as a freshman before being suspended near the end of the 2010 season for violating team rules. He eventually was dismissed from the team.

He attended Hutchinson Community College for a semester before transferring to Arizona Western, where he was a starter in 2011.

West Virginia was among the schools offering Grimes a scholarship. Instead, he chose the Warriors. UH assistant coach Chris "Demo" Demarest was the point recruiter.

Two months ago, he was arrested on an accusation of aggravated robbery. He said the charge was dismissed, and he instead pled guilty to disorderly conduct.

"This is my second chance," Grimes told the Star-Advertiser. "This is my fresh start."

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on July 10,2012 | 10:54AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u got a chance here, btw.
on July 10,2012 | 11:40AM
olos73 wrote:
Just hope he doesn't DRINK AND DRIVE. We got enough of them.
on July 10,2012 | 02:05PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The players all toasted this development.
on July 10,2012 | 11:05AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u have this recurring theme about "toasting", do u not?
on July 10,2012 | 11:42AM
dalawyer wrote:
Yo ho yo ho! Coach I'm feeling a little tipsy!
on July 10,2012 | 02:44PM
allie wrote:
If he is 4-star, why is he coming to such a weak league? I would think he would want a chance to get on the national stage.
on July 10,2012 | 01:31PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
You go for the playing opportutunity and at times during recruitment you build a relationship with a coach. If all 4 and 5-star players only went to big-time conferences, many of them would sit on the bench. Also, if you look at past history, at one time Arizona, Arizona St., BYU, Utah, Boise St. and TCU were all a member of this weak conference. No one can predict the future for teams, put up the W's and you'll get noticed but you have to start somewhere. Makes sense, doesn't it? Besides, UH has done a pretty good job of putting players into the NFL, so it's a personal choice. May not be one you'd make, but it's his choice. BTW, UH is not exactly an academic power, why did you choose it rather than a much more noticeable program? Maybe he made the same choice as you?
on July 10,2012 | 03:12PM
H20 wrote:
He can do that here. Multiple players drafted and a Heisman finalist.
on July 10,2012 | 04:10PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Lol...you got some good material there Maneki.
on July 10,2012 | 08:12PM
busterb wrote:
Can he punt too?
on July 10,2012 | 11:10AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
All players vie for the national punt, pass and (gee what was the 3rd skill). Some much better than others, which is why there is a skill position called Punter, and one of ours is on The Dallas Cowboys roster now.
on July 10,2012 | 11:41AM
dalawyer wrote:
Aussie punters only know one word.....FOSTERS! Ahhh the national beer of Australia! Good day mate!
on July 10,2012 | 02:48PM
Ripoff wrote:
on July 10,2012 | 11:46AM
jankenpo wrote:
Can he read? Apparently the standards seem pretty low at UH. One then two and three DUIs!!!! Wow, nothing like throwing your life away. All those family and friends who supported, backed and made sacrifices for these student athletes.....what a shame. Then you let down your school, team and coaches.
on July 10,2012 | 11:36AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
He rather play jun keno po.
on July 10,2012 | 11:42AM
eastside808 wrote:
Sounds more like his last chance to get his head and his life on track to being a contributing citizen not to mention playing some football. Hope it works out for everyone.
on July 10,2012 | 11:53AM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
UH has a very good track record in terms of offering second chances and being able to rehabiliitate wayward students into productive citizens. Good luck to this young man. I'm sure Coach Chow and staff did their "due diligence" and would only extend an offer to a guy they felt would not be an asset to the team.
on July 10,2012 | 12:31PM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
Correction on my last comment: It should be:..."would only extend an offer to a guy they felt would be an asset to the team".
on July 10,2012 | 12:34PM
BO0o07 wrote:
We'll have to trust the coaches judgement on this guy. Grimes said this is his second chance, maybe a second chance for D1 but actually his third chance according to the article. A lot of people don't get second chances, I never did but I never needed a second chance, just wished I had done things a different way.
on July 10,2012 | 12:52PM
allie wrote:
true..he sounds badly flawed
on July 10,2012 | 01:32PM
souzaboy wrote:
Yeahhh buddy, they keep coming in! The backfield is going to be very fast. Usually when players get a second chance in Hawaii from the mainland they turn for the good because they see life in a very different and positive perspective.
on July 10,2012 | 01:00PM
onemorebeer wrote:
Pisa Tinoisamoa came here and turned his life around...hopefully put the past in the past and help the Warriors! Good Luck!
on July 10,2012 | 01:45PM
dalawyer wrote:
Are we trying to form a crime syndicate in the UH defensive backfield?
on July 10,2012 | 02:50PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
As long as they can play.
on July 10,2012 | 03:14PM
connie wrote:
With Edwards and Grimes (and keep your fingers crossed, Turner), UHawaii could be strong at CB which will help the pass rush. Looks like UHawaii will be big at safety. With all the emphasis on passing offenses, looks like UHawaii building their D outside in. Can't wait for football season.
on July 10,2012 | 03:35PM
entrkn wrote:
I'm going to be paying attention to his performance on the field...
on July 10,2012 | 04:15PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Suspended, dismissed, arrested, aggravated robbery, & disorderly conduct - wow! impressive resume! UH will sign anybody who they think can play football. Then, they still can't win!
on July 10,2012 | 06:26PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Can you predict the future? Could you please tell me what the next big lottery numbers are since you know how everything will turn out.
on July 10,2012 | 06:56PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Everybody - well maybe not everybody - most people deserve a fresh start in life. If brother can rob the UH boys of their beer, I'm all in.
on July 10,2012 | 08:14PM
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