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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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