Defensive Lineman Expected to Visit T-Town Today

"Alabama is my leader and I'm going there tomorrow (Monday)," said defensive lineman Ben Grubbs. "We leave early in the morning and I'm really looking forward to it. Good relationships are important to me and I need to get to know the coaches and players a little better at Alabama."

Grubbs went on to mention the other programs on his list. He also left open the possibility of an early commitment.

"I'm also looking at Mississippi State, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Troy State," Grubbs said. "I plan to wait until after the season to commit but I will do it whenever it feels right."

Grubbs, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Elmore County High School in Eclectic, Alabama, burst on to the recruiting scene with a strong performance at the Capital City Combine in May. Since that time, he has received scholarship offers from Alabama, Louisiana State, Troy State, and UAB. Grubbs recently attended a summer football camp at Troy State and the visit meant more than just football.

"I had already been to the Mississippi State camp but I decided at the last minute to attend the camp at Troy, too," said Grubbs. "My brother, Cedric Grubbs, is a student at Troy and they're in there with the other schools on my list."

Several factors will likely play a part in Grubbs final decision. He spoke about a few of those factors and at least one of the factors provides a clear understanding of why the Crimson Tide is so high on his list.

"I'm looking for a good program in both athletics and academics," said Grubbs. "A program needs to have a good foundation and tradition. That is one of the reasons I love Alabama."

Grubbs is firmly entrenched in the sport of football now but that wasn't always the case. His conversion is complete and the reasons why he now enjoys the sport make it readily apparent.

"I didn't like football when I was growing up but I love it now," said Grubbs. "I like the contact in the sport and being able to hit people. You can take your anger out on the football field and not get in trouble."

Grubbs took his anger out on opposing teams as a junior. A quick look at his statistics will show that he found his way to the football on a consistent basis. For the year, Grubbs recorded 138 tackles, seven fumbles caused, and six sacks. He also played right tackle on the offensive side of the football. Playing both ways in a smaller classification is an advantage from Grubbs' perspective.

"Coming from a small school means you have to work harder," Grubbs said. "We play offense, defense, and everything. The players at the bigger schools may not be in as good of shape as us because playing both ways means a lot of running."

Grubbs is also working hard in the classroom. He's carrying a 3.5 GPA into his senior year and he has already scored a 17 on the ACT.

Good grades aren't the only thing that Grubbs is proud of heading into his last year on the prep level. He recently saw some returns on the hard work he has put in preparing his body for his final season.

"I ran a 4.95 at the combine in Montgomery," Grubbs said. "But I was clocked at a 4.88 at Troy's camp. It was important to me to run under 4.9 and I worked hard to be able to do it."

Editor's Note: It would not be a surprise for Ben Grubbs to commit to the Tide in the near future.


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