Nashville Sports: Former Oklahoma Sooner and Ravenwood High School DE Reggie Grimes Commits to Memphis Football

Nashville Sports: Former Oklahoma Sooner and Ravenwood High School DE Reggie Grimes Commits to Memphis Football

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Exciting news for Memphis college football fans! Former Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Reggie Grimes II is making a move back to his roots, committing to the Memphis Tigers late Sunday night. Hailing from Antioch, Tennessee, Grimes brings his impressive talents back to his home state to continue his college career. Grimes is a 6-4, 278 pound pass rusher, who redshirted last year because of injury after starting his first 2 seasons in Norman. Reggie is a brilliant student, who already graduated from Oklahoma after working to become a two-time All-Big 12 Academic Team selection. He will have 2 years of eligibility left in the Home of the Blues.

Grimes is joining a team on the ascent, who went 6-2 in league play and 10-3 overall in 2023, defeating Iowa State 36-26 in the Liberty Bowl. The team and city have announced a transformative renovation of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium which should be completed prior to Grimes final football season. Fed-Ex also has announced a new NIL Program for Memphis Athletes. Memphis returns Heisman Trophy candidate Seth Henigan at Quarterback and some say they have a shot at running the table in 2024.

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Reggie Grimes II, a standout in high school, was a Under Armour All-American and was rated by ESPN as the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker. He was a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, part of Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class out of Ravenwood High School. Grimes made his commitment to the Sooners in November 2019, choosing to play under the guidance of then-coach Lincoln Riley and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Over his four seasons at Oklahoma, Grimes developed into a formidable defensive end, especially during his last two seasons under new head coach Brent Venables. In 38 games he totaled 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks.

Reggie Grimes in 2020, right after signing to Oklahoma Football. Photo: JB Brookman, SENIORITY, Nashville Live

Grimes family is huge in the Nashville-area sports scene. His sister Reghan was a multiple time Female Athlete of the Year and won four individual TSSAA state championships in track and field, while she was a 3-sport athlete at Ravenwood. She now plays basketball for Tennessee Tech, where she averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds per game as a Freshman. His father Reggie Grimes, played football for the University of Alabama from 1995 to 2000, then played for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. He has also coached both Football and Track at Ravenwood. His Mom, Mikaela Perry-Grimes, competed in track and field at the University of Nebraska and the University of Alabama between 1993 and 1997. Throw in Reggie’s other sister Maya Perry-Grimes, who ran track and field at Austin Peay and was the 2017 OVC Indoor Freshman of the Year, while also winning the OVC individual title in the Indoor Long Jump (2020), Indoor Triple Jump (2020) and Outdoor Long Jump (2019). There are also nephews and nieces playing sports at the next level.

Reghan Grimes, former Ravenwood High School standout and current Sophomore basketball star at Tennessee Teck. Photo by JB Brookman SENIORITY/Nashville Live

Grimes’ peak performance came in the 2022 season when he notched 4.5 sacks and racked up nineteen tackles, showcasing his ability to disrupt opposing offenses. After redshirting in 2023, Grimes decided to enter the transfer portal in December, seeking new opportunities and challenges.

The move to Memphis represents not just a return home for Grimes, but also an opportunity to bring his experience and skills to a new team, potentially becoming a cornerstone of the Tigers’ defense. Memphis fans and coaches alike are undoubtedly excited to see what Grimes will bring to the field, hoping his time in Oklahoma has prepared him for standout performances in the American Athletic Conference.

Reggie Grimes at Ravenwood High School. Photo/Edit by JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

As the college football landscape continues to evolve with the dynamic movement of players through the transfer portal, stories like Grimes’ highlight the ever-present opportunities for athletes to find the right place to shine. Memphis, get ready—Reggie Grimes II is coming home, and he’s poised to make a big impact!

Sooner Nation. Photo/Cover by JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

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