Downie Grim III stands at 5-foot-10, 250 pounds. His measurements on paper don’t fit the description of a typical collegiate offensive lineman.
Downie Grim III is not your typical offensive lineman. Here is what he wants colleges to see other than his size.
“I want them to see that I’m a hard worker. Even though I’m the smallest one, I’m always up for a task. I never stop grinding. I work out three times a day. Never stop. I’ve watched a lot of film on a lot of players and found ways to beat them [using] different techniques,” he said. “I want colleges to see that I strive to be the best player I can be because since I’m a smaller guy, I can [get] better at everything else that a taller guy does.”
Grim III has a warrior mentality and wants to be physical at all times. When he gets hurt, he wants to keep playing and worry about the pain later.
“The best part of my game I would say is just being relentless and not giving up. Not being scared, playing to the whistle and going above and beyond the whistle actually.”
The Round Rock, TX native and Cedar Ridge High School center said he needs to work on his footwork, hand placement and getting better leverage as an offensive lineman. To become a better football player, strength and speed are things he mentioned need work as well.
Downie Grim III is not ranked by any of the major recruiting services (247Sports, Scout, Rivals), however, he is ranked a three star recruit and 10th best 2018 center by Lone Star Prospects, an exclusive Texas high school football recruiting service. He has received three scholarship offers from Kansas Wesleyan, Southern Sports Academy and Hastings College.
Texas State is his dream school he said because they have a good program, they’re close to home and they have an excellent fan base.
Kansas Wesleyan and Midwestern State are schools he also has high interest in.
“I would say Kansas Wesleyan because it’s seems like [they have] a family [atmosphere] up there. The coach, he always talks to me and tells me good things they’re doing up there, I would say another interest of mine is Midwestern State. I went to their junior day this year, had a good time, met a lot of people on campus, talked to a lot of the coaches, it seemed like home up there. I hope they offer me.”
A commitment decision won’t come until after his senior season because he wants to make sure the Cedar Ridge Raiders do better next season. His teammates come and coaches come before his recruiting process.
His teammates helped him through one of the toughest things anyone could go through. A parent battling cancer. His father, Downie Grim II, battled cancer when Downie III was about 14 years old. He beat the cancer which was great news and a relief to the Downie family. This also kept Downie Grim III on the football field.
“He motivates me a lot and wants me to do the right thing. He always strives for me to do the best [I can]. Right now, he pays for all of the camps I go to, he’s a big part of my life right now. Both my parents are but my dad especially.”
As far as what he wants to do off the field, education is a major Grim III wants to pursue in college because he wants to be a high school football coach one day so he can help other kids go through obstacles in their lives and become better people.
The Cedar Ridge Raiders went 11-1 overall and an undefeated 6-0 in 6A Region II District 13 play. Here is what a state championship would mean to Downie Grim III.
“To me, winning a state championship would mean the world. It would honestly bring tears to my eyes because me and all my teammates, we have been through a lot of coaching changes and a lot of adversity [throughout] our careers. A state championship would just solidify us as a family and as a team. It would bring a lot of joy to the city of Round Rock that day.”