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Maine West’s 2019 OLB/S Ely Grimmer caught me up on his offseason playing basketball, his upcoming visit and a couple of his under the radar teammates. I also received head coach Jason Kradman’s thoughts on Grimmer.
Des Plaines, IL
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 200 lbs
LPI: Tell me about what you’ve been doing to take your game to the next level. Also, do you play any other sports or 7on7 in the offseason?
EG: I have been lifting everyday and eating well. I’ve also been working to increase my speed and agility. I play basketball as well and I love it. Anyway to compete and play for Maine West is something I love to do.
LPI: What was it like being part of a 7-3 team that was the first Maine West team to make the playoffs since 2002? What do you attribute that to?
EG: This is something I take very much pride in, it means a ton to me to have been a part of this team and program. There is no other school that I’d rather play for. I attribute the success we had this year to the coaching staff, particularly our head coach, Jason Kradman. When he first got to Maine West the program was weak, and I’ve seen him work to build it back up and it showed this season.
LPI: What are your greatest strengths on the field and do you consider yourself a leader of your team?
EG: I would say a couple of my best strengths are that I go 100% every down and can read the offense very well and get to the spot quickly to make a play. I do consider myself a leader on my team and that is something I take pride in.
LPI: What schools have shown serious interest in you or may be close to offering?
EG: I have been in touch with Miami of Ohio, no strong signs of them offering but they seem interested, as I love what they are about as well.
LPI: Do you have any planned visits set? If so, where at?
EG: I have been invited to and will be attending Miami of Ohio’s Junior Day January 13th.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Jacob Bellizzi – Is a player who can play at the next level, he’s our MLB and RB and does everything for our team and is the strongest and toughest kid I know.
Krystian Garbicz – Is our OLB and can play at the next level. He’s a hard worker and always making tfl’s and big plays for us.
Maine West Head Coach Jason Kradman on Grimmer on and off the field
“One of the more vocal leaders as the season progressed last year, voted by his teammates to the player advisory board, great in-season & off-season work ethic, solid A student in the classroom, watches a bunch of film & loves the game & his teammates.”