Brumfield has high praise for LSU’s Grimes

LSU hasn’t officially announced the hiring of offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, but that didn’t stop Grimes from recruiting this past weekend.

The former Virginia Tech assistant spent much of the weekend like any other LSU coach — hosting a group of 10 prospects on official visits.

Garrett Brumfield, the University High offensive lineman and LSU commitment, spent more time this weekend around Grimes than most.

“He’s a great guy,” Brumfield said. “I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Brumfield described Grimes as “a family guy.”

“He has deep family values,” Brumfield said. “He emphasizes that. Without his family, he wouldn’t be doing what he does now. His players are a big part of his family.”

Grimes’ hiring, reported Wednesday by The Advocate, was not announced Friday as planned. LSU did not announce anything Monday. An announcement is expected Tuesday.

Virginia Tech has not officially announced Grimes’ departure, but Tech assistant Shane Beamer tweeted the news Wednesday evening after multiple outlets had reported the hire.

Grimes, 45, replaces Greg Studrawa, who after seven years “left” the program two weeks ago, the university said.

Brumfield was surprised by Studrawa’s exit, but said Tuesday his commitment to LSU has not changed.

He has no visits planned to other schools.

Brumfield spent most of the weekend with Grimes. Brumfield and his father, Paul, met with the new coach in his office and ate breakfast and dinner with him and others.

“He told me that his family was still in Virginia and they’re trying to figure out where they’re going to move,” Brumfield said.

Grimes has watched film on Brumfield.

“He told me he likes my versatility. It’s rare to find a guy with the combination of strength and athleticism,” Brumfield said Grimes told him.

Grimes was the Hokies offensive line coach and run game coordinator last season, his first year with the school. He was at Auburn from 2009-2012 and is a Texas native who played offensive tackle at UTEP.

Baseball honors

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman and Aaron Nola were named to Perfect Game’s Preseason All-American team announced Monday.

It’s the second such honor for the LSU duo. The pair was named to the Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-American Team a month ago.

Bregman, a sophomore from New Mexico, hit .369 with 52 RBIs last season and was named the 2013 National Freshman of the Year during LSU’s run last season the College World Series.

Nola, a junior from Catholic High, went 12-1 with an ERA of 1.57 and struck out 122 batters. He was a First Team All-American and the SEC Pitcher of the Year last season.

LSU begins the 2014 season with a game against New Orleans at Alex Box Stadium on Feb.14. The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in one preseason poll, begin practice on Friday.

Brown arrested

Highly touted cornerback Tony Brown, a Texas native, was arrested in Tuscaloosa on Saturday just a couple of weeks after arriving on campus as an early enrollee.

Brown chose Alabama over LSU live on ESPN during the Under Armour All-American Game. His sister is on the LSU track team and many expected Brown to sign with the Tigers.

The Tuscaloosa News was the first to report Brown’s arrest. He was hit with pepper spray, restrained and arrested for threatening Tuscaloosa police officers and refusing to obey their orders, a TPD spokesman told AL.com.

No. 3

LSU received no new commitments after that past weekend’s busy recruiting weekend, but the Tigers got a boost in the rankings anyway.

LSU moved from fourth to No. 3 in 24/7 Sports’ team rankings. The Tigers are now the second-highest rated Southeastern Conference team behind Alabama. Ohio State is No. 2. Florida State is fourth and Texas A&M is fifth.

LSU moved up a spot in the rankings after 24/7 Sports adjusted its composite rankings, which averages the team rankings of all major recruiting services.

LSU has 18 commitments, seven shy of the NCAA’s maximum signing amount of 25. They can make their commitment binding on National Signing Day, Feb. 5.