FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Calvin Johnson’s days playing in the NFL may be over, but his influence is alive and well in the form of 2017 5-star receiver Trevon Grimes.
In fact, the nation’s No. 2 wideout and the No. 10 player overall in the 2017 cycle has even used the former Detroit Lions legend’s nickname of “Megatron” as inspiration for a nickname of his own.
“Calvin Johnson is a guy I’ve always looked up to and admired. If I had to choose a receiver to be like, I’d pick Calvin Johnson,” Grimes told Bleacher Report recently. “I have a nickname I call myself. I call myself “Tregatron.”
Getting bigger to match his idol on a physical level has been on the top of Grimes’ offseason to-do list, as he now checks in at 6’4”, 201 pounds.
“I just hit the 200-pound mark. I’m trying to get to 210 [before the season]. I just want to add some muscle. I look forward to displaying that during my senior season,” he said.
Just spoke w/ 5* WR Trevon Grimes. Up to 6'4", 201. Ohio St leads with Gators No. 2. Hopes to visit FSU, Bama soon pic.twitter.com/BQH2S1aTy2— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 4, 2016
Grimes is just one of several prospects from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—one of the nation’s premier prep powers.
Raiders head coach Roger Harriott said Grimes has many qualities that make him one of the nation’s most coveted skill talents in the 2017 class.
“He has a great work ethic in the weight room. He pushes himself hard and inspires his teammates,” Harriott said. “Obviously, he’s physically gifted with a big, strong body and a substantial amount of speed. He has an ability to stretch the field and make explosive plays. From an intangible standpoint, he has strong character. He has a very positive attitude. He has a will power and drive that is uncanny.”
Originally from Indiana, Grimes has thrived in the football hotbed of South Florida since relocating.
He’s landed more than 25 offers heading into his senior season, with schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State among the programs aggressively recruiting him.
However, there’s no secrecy involved in identifying the school in the driver’s seat for one of 2017’s most explosive prospects.
“I always keep in contact with [Ohio State head] Coach Urban Meyer. He’s a great guy, and they have a great staff. That’s one of the reasons Ohio State is my leader,” Grimes explained. “I just feel like they don’t look at me like a regular recruit they just want. They look at me more as like a son, and they want to mentor me in life and help me with my life goals. I feel like those are the two coaches [Meyer and receivers coach Zach Smith] that stick out to me the most.”
Another school is positioning itself to pose the biggest challenge in preventing Grimes from eventually landing in Columbus.
“Right now, Florida is chasing Ohio State. That’s probably the biggest threat to Ohio State,” Grimes said. “I like a lot of things about Florida. My quarterback here, Jake Allen, he’s committed to Florida, and he’s on me everyday in class about Florida, this and Florida, that. I got to get up there and see what he was talking about, and since then, I was amazed. I like everything about it. I like [receivers] Coach [Kerry] Dixon. I like the atmosphere and facilities. Everything is good there.”
For his part, Allen acknowledged being in his teammate’s ear about teaming up again in college.
“That’s my guy. Everyday. I have math with him, so I’ll be like, ‘Tre, what’s up? Go Gators,’ or something like that just to let him know we want him up there,” Allen said.
Grimes visited the Gators in January for the program’s junior day, and he recently took a trip to Miami for a similar visit.
In addition to a return trip to Gainesville, there are a pair of college football titans he wants to visit in the near future.
“One of my major schools I want to get up to soon is Florida State. Another one I want to see is Alabama, and I want to get back to Florida,” he said.
Two things Grimes noted that will be critical in his decision are his relationships with the coaching staff and his comfort level on campus at his school of choice.
He’s not in a rush to make a decision, although he admits it could come at any moment.
“I really don’t have a timeline, but I’ll do it when I feel comfortable. It could be within the next couple of months if I feel right, but I have to talk with my mom and see when the time is right,” Grimes said. “Whenever I feel like I’m ready to get this thing over with, that’s when I’ll do it.”
Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.