It seems kind of funny, when you think about it. Here we are, only days away from National Signing Day, and the guy we’re talking about finishing up this year’s recruiting class was, at one point, one of the earliest commitments. Doyle Grimes, a linebacker from Miami, pledged to the Orange last July only to decommit in September. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound OLB then committed to Marshall, where he’d remained solid until last week.

And that’s when Grimes decided to decommit from Marshall, leaving Syracuse right back in the thick of things. The Orange remained in contact with Grimes throughout the process, and he visited campus back in December and had some pretty great things to say about Scott Shafer and the Orange in an interview with

Looking at available scholarships, it appears that Syracuse has one more spot open after the decommitment of defensive lineman Dana Levine, even with Kielan Whitner pledging to Syracuse on Super Bowl Sunday. There are further hints that Grimes might be the last target on the board for the Orange as well, including the fact that we know Shafer visited Miami last week:

Obviously, there are other Florida recruits that Shafer could have been visiting, including Colin Byrne and Sam Clausman, and he may very well have been trying to salvage Dana Levine’s pledge. But it also makes sense that he’d be following up with Grimes to see where Syracuse stands with the recently decommitted linebacker. After all, there’s a reason that the Orange were on Grimes so early in the process, and a reason they kept recruiting him even after he originally flipped to Marshall. Clearly, this is a player that the coaching staff would love to see at Syracuse.

Syracuse isn’t the only option for Grimes at this point, of course. In addition to Syracuse and Marshall, the two-star linebacker claims offers from Indiana, Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, and West Virginia. He’s not planning on making his final decision until signing day, but considering his strong relationship with the Orange coaching staff, it would be kind of surprising for him to wind up anywhere else at this point, unless the coaches simply tell him there’s no room left at the inn.

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