JAMES CITY – There was no drama Wednesday as senior football standout Hezekiah Grimsley slid on a maroon Virginia Tech visor at Lafayette’s National Signing Day celebration. The 6-feet, 180-pound receiver committed to the Hokies in May and stuck with the choice, never wavering.
Grimsley finished his senior campaign with 949 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, along with returning six kicks for TDs on his way to earning all-state honors on offense, defense and special teams.
And really, the statistics only partially tell the story of just how dynamic a player Grimsley transformed into for 2016.
He should fit right into coach Justin Fuente’s high-powered offense.
“He’s a playmaker,” Lafayette coach Andy Linn said. “He loves to catch the ball. He’ll do really well there.”
“Words can’t explain how excited I am to be a Hokie,” Grimsley said. “It’s a blessing to be able to go to college for free and I thank everybody that pushed me to get here.”
Fuente’s second recruiting class is a consensus top-25 one with seven from Virginia including Grimsley, who is one of two receivers. The others are 5-foot-11 Sean Savoy of Washington, D.C., and 5-foot-7 Kalil Pimpleton of Muskegon, Mich.
“We know we can do big things and possibly win a national championship,” Grimsley said.
Grimsley said looking at his Lafayette classmates beside him, he realized they must have “done something right.”
He was joined by Dexter Klock, who will be a recruited walk-on at Wyoming, Tristen Packer (Division II Wingate University) and Knowledge Wallace (Division III Stevenson University).
Tyler Jump, who will join VMI's track and field program and potentially walk on the football team, will sign in the spring. And Liam Walters, Dion Bartlett and Caleb Kraegenbrink haven't announced their college choices.
Klock, a lineman, will get to suit up for a school he targeted as a sophomore. His sister currently attends the university and his family owns a vacation home in Wyoming.
“I’m actually really excited,” Klock said. “It’s one of my dream schools, so I’m really happy that I am getting to go and play for the school I wanted to play for all along.”
Packer thought he might stay instate until his visit to Wingate, a private university near Charlotte, N.C.
He’ll play linebacker for the Bulldogs, whose coaches helped sell him on the school.
“It’s pretty cool seeing so many guys get offers and signing and everything,” Packer said of his Lafayette teammates. “In the past four years that I’ve been here, this is the most guys that have signed to play college football and it just shows you how many guys love playing football.”
It may be the best football class in school history although last year’s group also has a case. That one included Cheyton Pine (Pittsburgh), Tyrek Graham (Stony Brook), Trey Neville (Army), and Joe Kraegenbrink, who walked on at West Virginia.
Wallace rounded out Wednesday’s signing participants. The defensive back that Linn called “tenacious” expects to play safety for Stevenson in Maryland.
“I can’t even put it in words,” Wallace said. “I remember watching (Cheyton) and all them (sign) and I was like man, I can’t wait to go up there.”