Eric Grimm's decision came down to Iowa and national champion Florida State. In the end, the Maryland athlete settled on comfort.
"(Iowa) reminds me of home," Grimm said.
The Our Lady of Good Counsel High (Olney, MD) senior officially visited the Big Ten school this weekend. He accepted the Hawkeyes' preferred walk-on opportunity ahead of one offered by FSU.
"It went well," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Grimm said. "They always showed interest in me and wanting me to take my official visit out here so I did and loved it in Iowa City."
Iowa is brining in Grimm as a linebacker but told him he might also get a look at safety.
"(The coaches) said they think I'm a good, tough, instinctive, smart, player that can develop to help out the Hawkeyes," Grimm said.
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz served as an offensive line graduate assistant on the 1980 University of Pittsburgh team that featured Eric Grimm's uncle, Russ Grimm, who went on to a hall of fame career with the Washington Redskins. The family has followed Ferentz's career, the last 15 years of it guiding the Hawkeyes.
Eric Grimm reports his 40-yard dash time at 4.7 seconds. He holds specific goals for college beyond graduating with a Criminal Justice degree.
"I have every intention to earn a scholarship when I get there," Grimm said. "I want to earn a spot on the field with special teams and then a starting spot and then a scholarship."
Walk-on Linebacker Bo Bower, a freshman, played host to Grimm on his official visit to Iowa.
"I liked him," Grimm said. "He really showed me around Iowa and answered all the questions I had. He was great."