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Prospect watch: Bethel Park OT Mike Grimm

| Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Bethel Park's Mike Grimm blocks defenders during a drill in practice.

MIKE GRIMM

6-foot-7, 315 pounds, OT, Bethel Park

Mike Grimm traveled to San Antonio this past week so he could play in a national high school football all-star game next year.

The Bethel Park junior offensive tackle made a strong first impression at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. On Thursday, he set a combine record by bench-pressing 185 pounds for 33 repetitions. On Friday, he competed in the combine, and 247 Sports called him the best offensive lineman there.

“It's a great event,” Grimm said. “There's a lot of pressure, but it's cool to meet other guys and see how I match up. I really hope to do well this year so I get to play in the game next year.”

Already one of the top prospects in the WPIAL Class of 2014, Grimm is about to become one of the most coveted offensive line prospects in the country. As a junior, he developed from a big body to a bruising blocker who blew open big holes for the Black Hawks.

“I definitely improved, by knowing what I was doing. Instead of focusing on just making sure I'm doing the right blocks, now I know what I'm doing and can focus on punishing people,” said Grimm, who started both ways through the first three games before playing strictly offense. “It definitely made a big difference. By the end of the season, when I was only playing one side of the ball, I felt more fresh and was able to go hard every rep.”

The powerful Grimm already goes hard in the weight room, bench-pressing 385 pounds and squatting 600. Based on his size and strength, he entered his junior season with scholarship offers from Pitt and Youngstown State. Now, several other schools are starting to show strong interest.

“Virginia and Virginia Tech said they were going to offer me, and so did Alabama,” Grimm said. “I'm trying to stay pretty humble about it and take it as it comes. I just like to be open-minded and eventually will take my five official visits. I'm not planning on verbally committing until signing day.”

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