Tony Grimes: ‘Guts’ and helping others shape the story of the nation’s No. 1 CB prospect

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Tony Grimes is the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect for the class of 2021 on the 247Sports Composite.

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry gives DawgNation a chance to get to know 5-star CB Tony Grimes for a lot more than what he can do on a football field. 

There was this one memorable play Tony Grimes made at a football field.

It was not captured by the eye in the sky. It did not go viral. It will not appear on any highlight tape, but it had a lot to do with his field of vision.

This took place just off to the side of the practice field. His father, Deon Glover, will beam with pride as he tells that story.

Grimes now makes the same move every Friday in-season during the pregame meal. He goes behind the practice field to make a friend. She will now feel like an old friend this season.

He went to go check on a woman. Glover and Grimes both believe she is homeless, but she seems to be a fan of their Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.) team.

“She sits at the back of our football field and she always watches our practice,” Tony Grimes said. “Since forever she has been watching us practice. So on game days, I brought her out a plate of food out one time. After that, she and I had a good conversation. Then before every game, I will bring her some money and some food. Or just some food.”

Glover never saw her before. Grimes did. He even thought to bring her a blanket.

“He just said he didn’t know why,” Glover said. “Just said that he sees her out there every day and that she was always watching us practice. Tony said his heart just went out to her and he just wanted to help her.”

Grimes still doesn’t know her name, but he has a nickname for her. She has a nickname for him, too.

“She calls me ‘Guts’ and I don’t know why she calls me ‘Guts’ but she does,” Grimes said. “I think because it takes guts to come out and give a homeless person food every single Friday.”

It takes a plate of food to see Grimes with more depth that his status as the nation’s No. 1 cornerback (247Sports Composite rating) for the 2021 cycle. He is establishing a history of reaching out to his community like that.

Grimes is already affiliated with a seasonal ministry in his community.

“It is called Provision for the Seasons,” Glover said. “We go out every season and just do different stuff.”

Grimes has a talent for locking down receivers. And also spotting folks that appear down on their luck.

“I can spot out a homeless person easily,” he said. “I was just going around and finding people. It just warms my heart to see the homeless be grateful. Some homeless people don’t care and then others are grateful. It is just so perfect to me when we get to do that.”

Glover couldn’t believe their first lap about their Virginia Beach community.

“We started driving around and Tony located every single person that was in need,” Glover said. “I was like how does he know they need something but he just automatically knew.”

They would pull up near the oceanfront. Grimes would yell “who’s hungry” and would just know by seeing those people every day. He’d want to make sure they got at least a cup of hot chocolate.

“That’s because he was that dialed in,” Glover said. “He noticed those people every day.”