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Sources: Grimes leaving Tech for LSU

BLACKSBURG – After just one season, Virginia Tech football appears to be losing offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to LSU.
A Virginia Tech source confirmed that Grimes is leaving the program.
Paramus Catholic High School coach Chris Partridge said Wednesday that someone from Virginia Tech reached out to offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell, a Hokies’ verbal commitment recruited by Grimes, and told him Grimes was taking the LSU job.
Partridge said he spoke very briefly to Mitchell on his way into a meeting. He did not know if Mitchell had heard from Grimes personally.
Partridge said he still thinks Mitchell is committed to Virginia Tech but said changes in the coaching staff give a recruit the right to re-open dialogue with other schools.
“You don’t pick an institution for a position coach nowadays,” Partridge said. “There’s too much movement. The relationship is part of it, no doubt about it. And it has to be a part of it. But you pick a program for the school.”
Grimes, who did not return a phone call Tuesday night, joined the Hokies’ staff before last season, part of the shakeup that also included the hiring of offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead, and the demotion of former OC Bryan Stinespring.
Stinespring became the team’s tight end coach and recruiting coordinator and Tech changed up its recruiting philosophy, sending position coaches out to find players at their specific positions, regardless of what region of the country they were in.
The Hokies have verbal commitments from four offensive line for their upcoming recruiting class.
Three-star prospects Mitchell, Colt Pettit (Deshler, Ohio), Tyrell Smith (Ramsey, N.J.) and Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) and two-star Eric Gallo (Holland, Pa.) were all recruited primarily by Grimes.
Pettit and Tyrel Smith both tweeted “this sucks” earlier this afternoon.