D-Line prospect weighing his options

One definition of eclectic is "selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles." That selection process is exactly what Eclectic's Ben Grubbs, is going through.

A 6-4, 247-pound defensive lineman from Elmore County High School, Grubbs is definitely considering his options as he decides what university he will attend.

The fact that Eclectic is only about 60 miles from Auburn might not be enough to tip the scales in the Tigers' favor. "Distance is really not a big issue for me," Grubbs said. Reportedly Grubbs cheered for the Tide as a child.

Though a defensive end in high school, Grubbs could play inside or out on the D-Line in college.

Grubbs reports his best 40-yard dash time as 4.9. The big lineman has already visited LSU (December 4th), and will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend and Auburn the next.

With more than 140 tackles and three sacks to his credit, Grubbs was named to the 4A All-State football squad. Asked if any school was leading the battle for his talent, Grubbs said no. "There's not a clear leader right now."

In addition to the schools on that list, there is also a chance the big lineman will visit one more school. "I might take one more visit, to Kentucky," Grubbs said.

While some have projected Grubbs as a defensive tackle in college, Grubbs doesn't believe that's where he'll end up. "Most of my coaches are saying I'll play defensive end, and that's what I'd like to play."

Whichever position he ends up playing, fans will have to wait a while for his decision. Earlier in the recruiting process Grubbs had said he would announce his plans following his visit to Auburn. But the staff shakeup on the Plains may have affected his thought process. "I plan on taking all my visits, and then I'll decide where I'll go," he said.

Grubbs is being recruited by Tide assistant coach Lee Fobbs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Though Alabama is working hard to sway Grubbs to the Capstone, Auburn likely still leads for his signature.


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