Mike Grimm blocks a defenseman during a practice of the Bethel Park high school football team.
By Craig Meyer Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Grimm is widely-regarded as one of the top players in the state and is the most touted lineman in the WPIAL, rated as the No. 6 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 25 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com. His strong and consistent play on the offensive line helped Black Hawks quarterback Levi Metheny have a productive freshman season as the team went 7-4.
In June, Grimm committed to Pitt, where he will play for a coach in Paul Chryst who is used to coaching offenses with exceptional lines. Among the other schools that offered him scholarships were West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Baylor and Temple.
OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS
Was it nice to get your college commitment out of the way before the season? It feels nice. It feels like I'm kind of missing something this season with not talking to a lot of the coaches, but at the same time, it did help a lot. Now that I know where I'm going, I can focus on my senior year.
Being a local kid, was there an extra push to choose Pitt? Not really. My parents and all of my family members supported me, but nobody really persuaded me. That's where I felt the most comfort and that's where I could see my family was the most comfortable as well.
Was there ever any pressure having to block for a freshman quarterback last season? A little bit. It's hard sometimes because last year, he was inexperienced, but at the same time, he did really well for his first year. This year, he just keeps getting better.
Was it that much tougher since it was your coach's son? [Laughs] For the most part. It's mostly all the offensive line, he usually doesn't just pick out one person. It's not more of getting yelled at, but you can tell there's more care in it, I guess.
Is this an improved team this season? Definitely. I think we can do a lot of good things this year, but we just have to keep working.
People might be surprised to know what about you? I really like cartoons.
Do you have any favorites? Probably Scooby Doo and SpongeBob.