Top DL Has a Feeling About His Choice

Success on any level of football is often a direct correlation to the number of quality defensive linemen on a squad. Consequently, the pursuit of the top defensive line prospects is fierce and not meant for men of low intestinal fortitude. It should come as no surprise if a college coach takes a deep breath when a big man who can run says, "I have a feeling about where I want to go."

"I have a feeling about where I want to go," said Ben Grubbs. "I won't announce it until after the season but I pretty much know already. I know because I am further along in the process."

Grubbs, a 6-foot-5, 251-pounder from Elmore County High School in Eclectic, Alabama, made a name for himself at the Capital City Combine this past spring. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds and had his vertical jump measured at 26 inches. To top it off, Grubbs carries a 3.52 GPA into his senior year.

On the football field, the early season has not been kind to the 4A Panthers. Their record stands at 1-3 after four games but Grubbs is performing well individually. On defense, Grubbs is averaging around ten tackles per contest and he has caused two fumbles and recovered another. Offensively, Grubbs has six receptions from his tight end position. Still, the slow start has put recruiting on the back burner as Grubbs concentrates on his final prep season.

"I'm trying not to think about recruiting," said Grubbs. "I don't want it to interfere with my senior season."

Nonetheless, Grubbs did provide what could be a tip about his previously mentioned feeling about his college choice. Some statements mean more than other statements in the recruiting process and the reader will have to assign their own weight to Grubbs' words.

"I want to play defensive end and Auburn is recruiting me as a defensive end," said Grubbs. "There is a great opportunity for me because they have three seniors and one junior at defensive end."

Recruiting is a marathon and not a sprint. The final results of the marathon are what counts but each segment of the run is critical to the outcome.

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