Groves Talks Auburn Visit, Recruiting

Talented defensive back Ali Groves talks about his visit to Auburn and what the Tigers are saying about an offer.

Stone Mountain, Ga.—A 5-11, 177 cornerback prospect with early offers from Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, Stephenson High standout Ali Groves was on the Auburn campus Monday to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Still waiting on an offer from Auburn, Groves said he wanted to get a feel for the campus and also talk to the coaching staff. He said the experience was a good one for him and he likes what he sees from the Tigers.

"It went pretty well," Groves said. "I got to check out the campus and everything. It was a nice experience meeting different people and other recruits. I had been to Auburn when I was younger so it was my first time there actually.

"It was pretty nice, the whole experience," he added. "I got to meet the coaches and talk to them about the recruiting process."

While he doesn't have an offer from Auburn yet, Groves said he's hoping that he can earn one over the summer when he returns to the Plains for a camp.

"I liked that they were talking about wanting to see me at camp," Groves said. "They want to check me out.

"I think Auburn is close if I perform well at camp," he added. "Auburn is a school I like and would like to learn more about."

One of the reasons that Groves doesn't have more offers already is because of a fractured neck in 2011 that forced him to miss all but four games. Now cleared and ready to hit the field he said he's just ready to make up for lost time.

"It actually makes me want to work even harder to come back off an injury," Groves said. "I feel like I have something to prove."

With options already on the table and the likelihood that more will come along, Groves said he's just happy and enjoying the process at the moment. As far as making a decision he said he'll know when the time comes.

"Right now I don't have a set timetable," Groves said. "It will be when a school feels comfortable for me. I'm still just looking to see what other schools I like."

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