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Bear River grad Kevin Grimes looks to help high school football players get noticed

In this 2010 photo, Kevin Grimes plays outside linebcker for the Nevada Wolf Pack. Grimes recently developed "The Perfect Recruit," a program to help high school football players think, train and play like a college player.
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When Kevin Grimes donned cardinal and gray for the Bear River football team, he was an unstoppable force on both sides of the ball.

As a senior running back and linebacker for the 2005 Bruins, Grimes rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, notched 39 touchdowns, led the state of California in scoring and wrapped up 94 tackles on defense. And, while his numbers were eye-popping and he led Bear River to the playoffs, Grimes went largely unrecruited by colleges.

Today, Grimes is trying to help prevent what happened to him from happening to other hidden gems that may be unnoticed by scouts. Grimes has developed “The Perfect Recruit,” a program devoted to giving high school athletes the inside edge on what college coaches are looking for.



“It’s for kids like me who didn’t know the process,” Grimes said. “It’s an online resource for high school athletes that want to take their game to the next level.”

“If I can help a kid’s dream come true, like mine did, it would be amazing,”Kevin Grimes

Grimes said the program, which can be found at playingcollegefootball.com, provides videos, game film scorecards along with other resources and insider information. The program’s goal is to get athletes to “think, train and play” like a college player.




“I’ve created a platform for kids across the country that haven’t had access to this type of insider information,” Grimes said.

“The Perfect Recruit” teaches players how to evaluate themselves as a college coach would, said Grimes.

“There are 100 recruiting services out there that help with the process. The heart of this business and how it differs is I’m teaching them a new way to play the game,” he said. “I’m teaching them to play like a college player, to play like a college coach would want you to play.”

Grimes took the long road to college football stardom, walking on to the University of Nevada, Reno football team as running back and eventually transitioning to safety his sophomore year and earning a scholarship. He then moved to outside linebacker where he started as a senior and was second on the team in tackles. Grimes was part of one of the Wolf Pack’s most successful season’s in 2010, as they finished the season 13-1 and ranked No. 11 in the nation.

After earning a degree in finance, Grimes went into the world of corporate banking, but didn’t stay away from football for long. Grimes is now a radio color commentator for Learfield Wolf Pack Sports Properties, covering University of Nevada, Reno football games.

Grimes said the idea for “The Perfect Recruit” came after years of offering advice on how to get noticed. Grimes simply wanted to reach a larger pool of athletes and open their eyes to his story and advice.

“If I can help a kid’s dream come true, like mine did, it would be amazing,” Grimes said.

For more information about “The Perfect Recruit” visit playingcollegefootball.com.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.


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