Things moved really fast between Nebraska and Derrion Grim.
The California prospect had a stellar opening night to his senior season. He returned the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown and finished it with 10 catches for 238 yards and seven total touchdowns.
A day later, on Aug. 29, 2015, wide receivers coach Keith Williams extended him an offer.
Grim was committed to Boise State at that time but immediately began to reconsider. He took an official visit to Lincoln for the South Alabama game on Sept. 12. That Monday, he officially flipped his commitment from Boise State to Nebraska.
From that point on, all Grim did was shatter records. He finished his senior season as the single season California state record holder with 34 touchdown receptions, which he did in only 10 games. He also racked up 1,928 receiving yards, second in the state and fifth in the nation, and 96 receptions, third-best in California.
That was enough for him to be named The Stockton Record's All-Area Player of the Year.
Grim also has football in his blood. His father, La Tef, caught 174 passes for 2,607 yards and 15 touchdowns at Pittsburgh from 1998-2000. La Tef was also his offensive coordinator in high school.
Williams, the NU WR coach, is also an old friend of La Tef.
“He’s the best wide receivers coach in the country,” La Tef said in an interview with The World-Herald after his son committed. “If you’re a wide receiver, he’s the guy you want coaching you.”
Grim didn't want to wait to get under Williams' tutelage either. Grim signed his financial aid agreement on Nov. 20, 2015, so he could enroll early with the Huskers. He arrived on campus in early January and will go through spring practices with the team.
Grim's a consensus three-star prospect. He's been clocked with a 4.69-second 40-yard dash time and the 247 composite ranks him as the 77th best recruit in California.
Staff writer Sam McKewon sees him as a perfect fit for the Huskers.
"The intangibles — smart, a little worldly, strong football backgrounds, versatile in the return game — fit Nebraska," McKewon wrote after Grim committed.
He appears to have some versatility, so it’s unclear what exactly Grim’s role will be as a Husker. He has enough speed and agility to be a slot guy, catching screen passes and taking jet-sweep handoffs. He has the ball skills to be a reliable deep threat, tracking passes well before going up and over defensive backs. The fact that Grim is already on NU’s campus is a big-time plus. Beating out some of Nebraska’s veteran receivers this fall won’t be easy, but he’s set himself up well for the future.
Below is Grim's tweet from when he announced his commitment to the Huskers and a video from his appearance on "The Bottom Line" in September 2015:
Photo: The Stockton Record
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