With the opener at Indiana right around the corner, Ohio State freshman receiver Trevon Grimes has made good on his comeback from the left knee injury that ended his high school senior season at the mid-point last year.

Ohio State announced via Twitter on Friday that Grimes had the black stripe removed from his practice helmet. That’s a ritual instituted by sixth-year OSU coach Urban Meyer years ago to signify a first-year man has earned the right to play.

“I appreciate all the wide receivers that helped me out, coach (Zach) Smith for staying on me, strength coaches for helping me out,” Grimes said on the video after being called up. “And all my brothers, I appreciate y’all, I love y’all; keep getting on me. Go Bucks.”

Meyer had said earlier in the week that Grimes, from Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was close to being considered for the travel team. That came after Grimes turned in an impressive performance in the team’s last major scrimmage of preseason camp last Saturday.

“His last 10 days have been much better than his first 10 days,” Meyer said.

At 6 feet 3, 210 pounds with breakaway speed, Grimes was considered the No.6 overall receiver prospect nationally in the 2017 recruiting cycle according to the 247sports composite average of the major recruiting services. When he committed to OSU just over a year ago, speculation abounded on what he might bring to the receiving corps in terms of an over-the-top downfield presence, something obviously lacking for the Buckeyes through the 2016 season.

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But Grimes suffered the knee injury in Aquinas’ overtime loss Sept.30 at top-ranked Gorman of Las Vegas, Nev., which produced two current OSU freshmen, quarterback Tate Martell and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett.

“One thing I am certain about is I will be back and stronger than ever, and the man above has a plan for me!” Grimes wrote on social media.

A couple of weeks later he underwent surgery to repair his ACL, from which the usual recovery and rehabilitation period is six to nine months. After enrolling at Ohio State in June he at first was on restrictions to do only straight-line running, not cleared to make the full cuts needed by receivers until after preseason camp started July 27.

Now it appears he is under consideration for playing time.

“He’s much improved,” Meyer said.

Another freshman who had his black stripe removed this week was running back Mitch Rossi, a walk-on from Franklin, Tenn. He helped J.K. Dobbins – the first freshman to lose his stripe – with the workload brought on by returning starter Mike Weber being limited through the first several weeks due a hamstring strain. 

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