Miami, led by new head coach Al Golden, recently entered the picture for South Broward (Hollywood, FL) running back/athlete Kevin Grooms , who gave the Hurricanes a closer look last weekend with an official visit. The 5-10, 175-pound standout reflected on the weekend’s experience and looks ahead to this coming weekend’s official visit to Virginia Tech.
The Miami visit was Grooms’ second official visit overall. His first was to Kansas, which is no longer in pursuit, leaving the Hurricanes and Hokies as the likely two finalists in this race. Miami made a strong impression this past weekend.
“Miami showed me love,” Grooms said. “I like Coach Golden. I felt comfortable with the education system, the coaching staff, and the environment around the school. It’s a great opportunity. I could do something big there.”
When asked if the in-state program is the favorite, Grooms answered, “I wouldn’t say the favorite, but I have a high standard for them. I’m very interested in them.”
Virginia Tech will have its chance to impress this weekend.
“I want to see the players and coaches. I’m just looking for the environment, to see how the coaches are,” said Grooms, who has never visited Virginia Tech before. “The main thing I’m looking for is education and what the plans are for the athletes, like what kind of tutors and teachers they have.”
Miami views Grooms as an athlete, while Tech is in pursuit of the standout senior as a running back. Darren Evans and Ryan Williams may have declared for the NFL Draft, but depth chart doesn’t seem to be a big factor to the South Broward standout.
“It’s all about if I come in and compete,” Grooms said. “It doesn’t matter who is there. I have to show the coaches I can do what they think I can do.”
Grooms says it is “possible” he may take an official visit on the weekend of January 28. If he does, Florida State, Texas Tech and West Virginia are the other three schools still involved. For now, no fourth official visit has been scheduled.
“Miami is in the big picture. Virginia Tech, I’m giving them a shot. Once I go there, everything should be said and done,” Grooms said.
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