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Minnesota Football: USC wide receiver Randal Grimes to transfer to Minnesota

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Grimes will enroll in June and have two years of eligibility left after sitting out the upcoming 2019 season

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are certainly going to miss All-Big Ten wide receiver Tyler Johnson when he graduates after next season, but head coach P.J. Fleck and wide receivers coach Matt Simon are already taking steps to ensure that their loaded wide receiver corps does not miss a beat, even without their headliner leading the way.

USC wide receiver Randal Grimes was on campus for an official visit this weekend and made the decision to trade the Trojans’ cardinal and gold for the Gophers’ maroon and gold. He is transferring after recording two receptions in 2017 and redshirting in 2018.

As a recruit, Grimes chose USC over Power 5 scholarship offers from Cal, Nebraska, Oregon State, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington State. You can check out his full recruiting profile here. At 6’4’’, 205-lbs, Grimes is a physical specimen with an elite skillset as a wideout. It’s not hard to guess why Fleck and Simon are bringing him into the fold.

He will enroll at Minnesota in January and sit out the 2019 season per NCAA transfer rules. After that, Grimes will have two years of eligibility remaining.