Brad Cornelsen on WR Hezekiah Grimsley "We're excited about him"

Tech's offensive coordinator dishes on one of the Hokies' young wideouts.

[@vagazette]

An under-the-radar nugget yesterday as compared to the announcement of Josh Jackson as the Hokies' QB1 was Virginia Tech OC Brad Cornelsen's bullish camp review of wide receiver Hezekiah Grimsley.

"Hezekiah has had a excellent fall camp." Cornelsen said.

"I don't know if he's missed a rep. He doesn't know what he's doing, but he's in there, and he's working his butt off, and he's learning. He's been one of the surprises for me at camp of, not that we didn't think he had talent, but just how quickly he has jumped in there.

"In the last week, half the time he's in there with the ones going against the one defense. We're really proud of him and you know expect him to be a guy that probably plays for us this year. But his future's bright. He's had a great camp, showed a lot of, just a lot of toughness, competitiveness and toughness. He's still got a long ways to go to learn how to do everything the way that we want it done. But just a great kid, has really worked his butt off, and we're excited about him."

The 6-0, 172 pound true freshman has also caught the eye of a certain French man.

Last week, Justin Fuente mentioned Grimsley among a trio of true freshman wideouts (Sean Savoy and Kalil Pimpleton) that are poised to play in 2017. While not a ballyhooed recruit, the emergence of Grimsley is surely welcome news for the Fuente and Cornelsen in the face of WR Caleb Farley's unfortunate absence this season.

It's certainly been established that Tech's wide receiver depth is unproven. However, the Hokies did themselves a favor by signing a crop of versatile wideouts last recruiting cycle. And it seems some early returns on that investment are paying off.

Comments

While not a ballyhooed recruit, the emergence of Grimsley is surely welcome news for the Fuente and Cornelsen

I originally read that as "while not a bollywood recruit".... which would have been interesting

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

There's something to be said about Bollywood coordination.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

No joke, could you imagine a Bollywood Super Bowl Halftime show?

It would be one absolutely glorious trainwreck, on many sides

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Oh god that would be glorious. I'd watch a halftime show for once

I would like to apologize for my people. I remember my mom trying to get me to watch when I was a kid, it took 2 movies to realize that 1) they're terrible 2) the women never stop crying and 3) the plot in every movie is the exact same.

Rip his freaking head off!

Being of Indian descent I can completely vouch for everything this man has said

So american rom-coms...the american versions even tend to end on dance numbers too (though not nearly as good)!

Cornelsen's getting creative to spice up the playbook this year

via GIPHY

I read this and thought of a Bhangra dance

Let's Go

HOKIES

Yeah I get it - Bollywood is nice to be made fun of. Song and dance sequences yadda yadda...

....and yet when La La Land, Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables, and other Hollywood movie musicals came out people went flocking to the theaters.

Just hypocritical if you ask me.

I don't think anyone is mocking Bollywood. Historically, Bollywood has not been a powerhouse football recruiting territory.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

That's because we've been focusing on the 757 for so long you don't know the talent that FSU is stealing.

I don't even know what we are talking about anymore. Sooooo....

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Pretty sure he realized his first comment was off base so played it off with a joke, which apparently soared over your head, so now you should probably make a funny to compensate.

I still don't think what I said is off-base, but I like the tangent we've gone off on.

That's cuz Bollywood ain't played nobody PAWWWWWWWWWLLLLLLLLLLLL

BOLLYWOOD PLAYS DURTY, PAWWWWWL

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Huh, I've never seen that clip of BYU before.

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Don't forget Rock of Ages, totally awesome Soundtrack!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

.
"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"

- ThatOneGuy

Hahaha I appreciate the Bollywood direction this thread has taken, never thought I'd see it as an Indian Hokie ahaha.

Shoutout y'all, much love #thisisHOME

And then write a hit song about it because its Taylor Swift

Let's Go

HOKIES

I am close with one of Hezekiah's coaches from HS and he had nothing but great things to say about him. A great young man with a great head on his shoulders.

He said he knew he was something special from the first practice, and was happy to see him get an offer to come play for us. His career is one I will watch closely, and I hope he shines for us!

Are you trying to say he's got some Sam MF Rogers work ethic in him?!?!?!

If everybody on this football team had a little bit of Sam MF Rodgers work ethic in them. This team would be unstoppable and a little bit scary to watch

Is It Luck?

Question, if you have a team of Sam Rogers, who gets to practice first? Do they all just live on the field?

I like to think they'll be too competitive that they'll just practice 24/7

Is It Luck?

I think they'd want to play at some point, too.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Yeah they stop practicing about a minute before game time Make it 20/7 then

Is It Luck?

This is an A+ comment.

TKP Staff - can you link the scouting report / highlights for Grimsley? I don't recall what was said about him during his recruitment and doing a search on the site doesn't pop-up anything.

Not Staff but,

Commitment Thread/Post

2017 Recruit Analysis Thread

From the Post:

Hezekiah Grimsley (WR, 6-0, 180): Does a nice job high-pointing the football. Has long arms and a knack for timing the jump on the ball. Produces nice yards after the catch. Shifty, although not the quickest guy in space. Route running is suspect and does not cut sharply. Patient. Doesn't put ball in outside arm. Plays bigger than listed size.

From French:

Hezekiah Grimsley- Grimsley doesn't get talked about much, but he is the only player that truly fits that split end position. He is a solid route runner, average athlete, and he does a spectacular job of controlling his body and high pointing the ball on 50/50 balls. If Kumah, Patterson, or Denmark don't make that next step up, he could avoid a redshirt.

Notes on his Blacksburg Visit

Leg!

I hope he steps up, but what about the "he doesn't know what he's doing"?

I'm sure we'll find some plays to that will accommodate his lack of experience, but I don't think he'll put up a ton of yards.

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like coaches always say that about freshman

Because freshmen don't usually know what they're doing?

True freshmen wide receivers are often lacking in the down-field blocking department.

If he indeed is a decent route runner and adept at catching the ball down field, then my guess is that Cornelsen will find packages for him that minimize those situations until he gets better at blocking. Probably not running any sweeps in his direction early on.

Could he be the next Danny Coale and always be open?

Danny still caught that ball!

Where is Lawson?!

As I noted a bunch in the Snapchat/Instagram stuff (before they completely stopped posting anything interesting), Grimsley was going up and winning 50/50 balls and was getting separation on short routes so he had space to create YAC. He looked much quicker in terms of his ability to create space than he looked on his high school film (where essentially he was out leaping lesser athletes for jump balls.) The comments by Cornelsen seem to back up the theory that he has been a big surprise in camp.

The oddest thing is, while we have seen Hazelton, Grimsley, Pimpleton, Savoy, and Carroll all have moments, Phil Patterson and Eric Kumah have completely been absent from the highlights. Either things are being played close to the vest, or we may have more freshmen contributions than originally anticipated.

Also, at least one first team huddle was shown today. Jackson and the 1OL were shown with Clark, Carroll, and Keene breaking the huddle. (I didn't catch the other WR.) That is the first time I have seen Clark on social media video as well.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Best musicals:
Hamlet 2, Man of La Mancha. Don't @ me.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

How could you forget Book of Morman?

Everybody I know said that was horrible, people got up and left mid show on Broadway.

I'm gonna guess that that wasn't their first Broadway show and that they may have been expecting something a little less......South Parky

I think it was the South Park thing. These were regulars who watch Phantom, Lion King, Wicked, etc...

Hmmm, everyone I know said it was the best show they've ever seen on Broadway or on tour. This was before Hamilton, of course.

Have not seen Hamilton, but I hope to before I die as tickets seem to be very hard and expensive to get a hold of. I have seen the Book of Mormon which is definitely one of the funniest and most clever plays/musicals I have seen. People that dislike it are offended that Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone have the balls to make fun of a religious group. Its touring and coming to the Kennedy center this fall and can't wait to see it the second time. Highly reccomend you all to see it. And if you have time, Cirque du Soleil.

Beamer Brawl

Cirque du Soleil on Broadway is perfect for people that would not normally enjoy a typical broadway play. It was definitely a lot of fun.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Is it like a typical Cirque show? I was afraid the one on broadway would have less stunts more singing, and less props.

Beamer Brawl

So I have seen the Disney one and the Broadway one. The broadway show did not have as many stunts, which I doubt any other Cirques have as many, but it did have all the ones you expect, with more of a story behind it. I would say the stunts are still the centerpiece of the show with some singing to give you a story.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Did you also notice Planting was the right tackle with the 1OL? Is that a surprise?

I thought he was at guard going against Settle when I saw him. There is a lot of movement right now as they try to develop depth.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

You are correct. Looked again and saw Tyrell Smith was on the outside. So Smith and Plantin on the right side. I like it.

A few other observations from practice yesterday - Confirmed that in 1's v 1's, it was Plantin and Smith on the right side. For RB's, TMac and Peoples were both working with JJ and the 1s. During special team drills, our punters were absolutely crushing most of their punts.

That's about all the interesting stuff we were able to see.

Would be interesting to see how the punters do in the "AJ Hughes" drill - you know, the drill where the ball goes over his head into his own end zone, which he then runs down, picks up, and kicks 70 yards on the run with 10 defenders about to crush him. That's the kind of punter we would like to have (but hopefully won't "need").

then forces a fumble and recovers for the scoop and score

or maybe that was a dream.

plausible, i think.

There have been a lot of minor injuries at the RG group (osterloh is pretty banged up and Chung has a little time) so I wouldn't appoint Plantin as the starter just yet. But he had been better over the last 5-6 practices. Hope he puts it all together because he has a higher ceiling than the rest of those guys IMO

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

I thought that it was interesting that when Jackson talked about getting more reps with the first team offense the receivers he mentioned were Cam, CJ, and Patterson. Hopefully Patterson is ready to step up.

So what you're saying is the offense may be deeper than people realize. Bueno.

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Hey hokie family. Pretty much everything I said about our incoming guys and the guys that will stick out pretty dead on. It's gone be a fun one to watch guys.

Hokie Love!

Don't need one! Hokies getting back to national prominence is sweet enough!

Hokie Love!

.
"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"

- ThatOneGuy