Top recruit in Virginia, 5-star CB Tony Grimes, commits to North Carolina

Top recruit in Virginia, 5-star CB Tony Grimes, commits to North Carolina

The top-ranked player in the state of Virginia for the 2021 recruiting cycle has made his college decision.

Tony Grimes, a five-star cornerback from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, announced his pledge to North Carolina on Tuesday live on CBS Sports HQ.

Grimes chose the Tar Heels over Texas A&M, Ohio State and Georgia, a top-four he had previously narrowed his list down to in late May. Throughout his recruitment, Grimes earned scholarship offers from over 40 different schools.

The 6-foot cornerback is ranked the No. 7 player nationally by 247Sports and the top cornerback in the 2021 class. Grimes is one spot higher, No. 6 nationally, in ESPN's recruiting rankings.

Grimes' commitment to the Tar Heels does not come as much of a surprise, as 247Sports' Crystal Ball predicted him to North Carolina. Grimes is the first five-star prospect head coach Mack Brown has earned the commitment from in the 2021 class.

Former standout UNC cornerback and 11-year NFL veteran Dre Bly helped persuade Grimes to join the Tar Heels. Bly, who now serves as the cornerback's coach for his alma mater, served as one of the Tar Heels' main recruiters in the pursuit of the Grimes.

Additionally, Bly grew up in the Virginia Beach area before heading to Chapel Hill, the same area Grimes has played his high school ball.

As a junior, Grimes totaled four interceptions and 48 tackles for Princess Anne, leading the school to an 8-3 record, according to CBS Sports. 

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Remembering when Len Bias, Terps shocked No. 1 North Carolina at the Dean Dome in 1986

Remembering when Len Bias, Terps shocked No. 1 North Carolina at the Dean Dome in 1986

Let’s take a quick trip back in time.

We all know that University of Maryland standout Len Bias was a special and talented player, but I don’t think he can be fully appreciated until we take another look at one legendary Thursday night back in 1986. 

On Feb. 20, 1986, Bias and his Lefty Driesell-coached Terps cruised down to Chapel Hill and walked into hostile territory to face Dean Smith’s No. 1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, affectionately known as the Dean Dome; a building having opened only one month earlier. At the time, UNC had yet to lose a game in the building named after its legendary coach. This night was going to be a little different. 

The Terps entered the game with a 12-11 record while UNC maintained a daunting 25-1 record en route to what many thought was a certain NCAA title.

Maryland fans knew that this was going to be the last time graduating senior Bias would face UNC in regular season play. They also knew the Terps had to find a way to gain momentum heading towards the ACC tournament. Those thoughts stayed in the back of their minds. At the forefront was Len Bias. Period.

At this time, Michael Jordan was in his second season in the NBA; the matchup between he and Bias from ’83 a distant memory. Now, the most notable players facing Bias and the Terps were Kenny Smith and Brad Daugherty. Both would go on to have healthy NBA careers. Neither of them was in the mood to let down Coach Smith and the Tar Heel faithful. Bias had other plans in mind.

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The win for Maryland was handed to them through a collective effort, including 35 points from Bias and some clutch late-game free throws by Keith Gatlin that helped seal the game with seven seconds to play after Bias blocked Kenny Smith's shot on the other end of the floor with 15 seconds left. Gatlin finished with a layup in the closing seconds -- he threw an inbounds pass off Smith's back -- to give Maryland a five-point edge in the final box score. Boom!

The entire sports world felt the eruption from the Dean Dome. Bias and the Terps had accomplished the unthinkable with pure grit and tenacity, and they let the world know it. 

These two teams would face each other again in the ACC tournament, but it didn’t matter. The damage was done. David had slain Goliath, in his own home.

Although Bias did not go on to have the great NBA career many projected, one thing remains true; Bias is and was the ultimate Terrapin. No one who ever saw him play or heard his name mentioned could ever deny the awesome talent he was. Few have earned that distinction; Bias was one who did.

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The next 'The Last Dance'? Five sports stories we want to see

The next 'The Last Dance'? Five sports stories we want to see

It’s been just under a fortnight since sports fans joined together to relive the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls era of the 90s through ESPN's 'The Last Dance' documentary.

Through unprecedented access viewers were treated to an exclusive look at the Chicago Bulls' final NBA championship during the 1997-98 season.

So many memories were brought to the surface while many other unknown revelations left us all in awe. And like you, I couldn’t help but imagine some of the other sports stories I would love to receive the same treatment.

With that thought in mind, I present to you five of the best candidates for your consideration for their own #LastDance:

5. “The Dub” - The Birth of the WNBA

There was something major missing from professional sports 24 years ago: omen. As a remedy, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern took the most significant step for women’s professional basketball by founding the WNBA and providing a counterpart to the NBA platform to showcase the best basketball talent women’s sports has to offer. Led by players like Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, and Sheryl Swoopes, the WNBA declared “We Got Next”, and has since gone on to deliver on that promise.

4. “Carolina Blues” - Duke vs North Carolina (Men's Basketball)

It’s impossible to tell the story of basketball, college basketball in particular, without mentioning the entire state of North Carolina; the Duke Blue Devils and UNC Tar Heels most notably. Only 10 miles separate the two programs that have combined for 11 national championships and produced countless NBA players. It’s not enough to ask why so many players attend these institutions. That’s easy. What really needs to be explored is how deep the rivalry between these two schools goes and how can they coexist while remaining in such close proximity. With so much competitive fire in a state with a population of 10.5 million, it’s inevitable that from time to time someone has to sing the blues while their rival hoists another trophy.

3. “Game. Set. Goat.” - The Legend of Serena Williams

Name another athlete as dominant as Serena Williams; especially within the game of tennis. Williams' accolades include 73 Singles Titles, seven Wimbledon Titles, Olympic Gold Medalist several times over, and that’s not even scratching the surface. From the courts of Compton, CA, all the way to the clay of the Australia Open, Serena has provided greatness at a level few have experienced, many have attempted, and all have witnessed. She’s in a class all to herself and yet has always maintained a never-ending fervor for athletic excellence; even against intermittently insurmountable odds. Regardless of the obstacles, she has persevered to this day to still be considered the GOAT. Period.

2. “The Patriot Way” - One Franchise; Six Rings

Winning and controversy go hand-in-hand. That’s to be expected; especially in sports. However, both of them have been at a fever pitch for the New England Patriots for almost two decades since their first Super Bowl Championship in 2001. When fate combines one of the greatest coaching minds ever with one of the most competitive athletes ever, it’s no mystery that their greatness yields some rather bewildering results, even if it means bending the rules from time to time. There’s no mistaking the fruits of their labor, but there’s also nothing wrong with peeking behind the curtain to get an intimate understanding of how things got done the Patriot Way!

1. “Diesel & The Mamba” - The End of the Shaq & Kobe Lakers 

On the road to three consecutive NBA titles in the early 2000s, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal entertained us with the most dominant basketball performance since MJ’s Bulls of the 90s. We knew they were great. We knew they had the great Phil Jackson as their coach. We knew they were having fun being young, rich and successful in Los Angeles. What we didn’t know is why these two all-time great players couldn’t keep their relationship intact long enough to possibly challenge, if not supplant, the aforementioned Chicago Bulls as the greatest dynasty in NBA history. If only…

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