Reports began to surface Tuesday that Grimes was the lead candidate for the LSU opening, and Les Miles had offered him the position. Wednesday morning, word started to emerge that Grimes had accepted the offer.
Billy Ray Mitchell, a Virginia Tech commit, had heard from someone on the Hokie coaching staff that Grimes was leaving for LSU. A separate commit, Brady Taylor also spoke with Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, who informed him that Grimes was indeed departing for Baton Rouge.
LSU has not made an official announcement regarding Grimes. SID Michael Bonnette said that LSU hopes to introduce the new coach on Friday, but did not specify any candidates nor any details regarding the interview process.
Virginia Tech has not released a statement regarding Grimes either, but fellow Hokie assistant Shane Beamer tweeted his congratulations to Grimes:
Grimes will bring a strong track record of recruiting in the SEC. This past season was only Grimes' first at Virginia Tech, and he spent the previous four seasons at Auburn. He helped construct the offensive line that propelled the Tigers to a national championship in 2010.
Congrats to @coachgrimey on his move to LSU. Excited for him to get closer to his TX roots. Thanks for making our OL better this past year— Shane Beamer (@CoachSBeamer) January 15, 2014
Grimes also recruited all five of the starting offensive linemen for this year's Auburn team, including Greg Robinson and Reese Dismukes, who will be drafted into the NFL.
Miles said on Tuesday after La'El Collin announced he's returning for his senior year that grooming linemen for the professional ranks was a must.
"He has to be a guy that can show us he can improve what is already a pretty good line," Miles said. "He's got to have run/pass technical expertise and guys that he's put in the league."
Before Auburn, Grimes served as an assistant at Colorado, BYU, Arizona State and Boise State. After a playing career at UTEP, Grimes worked as a graduate assistant at Rice and Texas A&M from 1995-97.
For more LSU football coverage, check out this breakdown of the players that will step in for the ones that have declared for the NFL Draft. Also check out our recruiting coverage, including this look at each of LSU's remaining targets.