Virginia Tech had expressed some interest in South Broward (Hollywood, FL) running back Kevin Grooms prior to the 2010 season, but Grooms’ senior season performance sparked the interest further. The 5-10, 175-pound senior now holds an offer from the Hokies and plans to explore the opportunity further.
Projected by some schools as an athlete, Grooms is being recruited by Tech for one position.
“They say they like me as a running back. They see me as a game changer,” said Grooms, who has been selected to play in the 16th Annual Nike South Florida All-Star Game.
The talented prospect was a scoring machine his senior season, making big plays in the run game as well as on special teams.
“I had 29 touchdowns, six punt return touchdowns, 1400 yards rushing and one interception on defense,” Grooms recalled. “Our goal was to try to make it to a state championship, but our quarterback got hurt and we had other injuries. We lost in the first round. Other than that, it was great. I had fun, playing with my teammates for another year.”
Asked what makes him so successful on the gridiron, Grooms had a simple answer.
“I love the game. I love getting in the endzone,” Grooms said.
Grooms will head to Virginia Tech for an official visit the weekend of January 21, when other remaining targets such as wide receiver Demitri Knowles and athlete Demond Smith are expected to visit as well. An official visit to Florida State will “supposedly” take place the weekend of January of 14, says Grooms, who took an official to Kansas earlier in December.
“I had a good time,” Grooms said of the experience at Kansas. “I met with the coaches. They feel I’m a great runner with great vision. I saw the weight training facility. I had fun with the coaches and the players and felt it was a pretty good environment.”
There is no current favorite for the Sunshine State star.
“I’m going to take my visits,” Grooms said. “The schools I’m taking visits to are the schools I’m most interested in. I’m going to try to find the situation I’m most comfortable in, and to see what my parents have to say. I think I’ll know before Signing Day.
“The visits are going to sort everything out for me.”
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