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Football: Ravenwood's Grimes II ruled eligible for season

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Reggie Grimes II

Reggie Grimes II 

Reggie Grimes II, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound five-star recruit, has been declared eligible to play football at Ravenwood High School.

The top 2020 recruit in the state transferred from Mt. Juliet to the Brentwood school earlier this year. His dad, Reggie Grimes Sr., was hired as defensive coordinator for the Raptors. 

Over the summer, some raised concern about Grimes II's eligibility, but both Reggie Sr. and Ravenwood head coach Matt Daniels confirmed the ruling Friday.

"It's good to not have this lingering in the back on anyone's mind now," Daniels said. "It's official." 

Per TSSAA rules, the Grimes family had to prove a bona fide change of address or successfully make a case for a hardship for the transfer. Details of the ruling weren't provided and TSSAA officials don't comment on the eligibility of students, but Daniels said and has stated previously that it was "a pretty straight forward hardship." 

Grimes II narrowed his top six colleges to Alabama, Florida State, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt and just recently confirmed that LSU has dropped out leaving his top five. 

As a junior at Mt. Juliet, Grimes II made 48 tackles with three for loss, had 11 quarterback hurries and a sack last year. The Golden Bears fell 14-7 to Oakland in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Grimes II also ran for 48 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

Grimes II joins a veteran Raptor team that reached the state semifinals last year. Ravenwood opens the season at home against Centennial next week.

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