Tiger-Tide Battle Expected For In-State Standout

This big and fast football prospect prospect is drawing good reviews.

Eclectic, Ala.--A standout figure on the football field this season in central Alabama isn't hard to find, but a menacing figure is. Although Montae Pitts and Ben Obomanu have received most of the spotlight this season in that area, one player who continues to draw rave reviews is defensive end prospect Ben Grubbs.

Grubbs lines up at his middle linebacker position last Friday night.

Playing for Class 4A Elmore County, Grubbs began to attract attention from colleges last year but it wasn't until his combine performance in Montgomery last spring that he became a hot commodity. Standing 6-4 and weighing 250 pounds, Grubbs showed impressive agility and speed in the drills that are designed to simulate game activities.

Now that his senior season is in full swing, Grubbs says he has started to look at colleges more closely, particularly SEC schools. Although he notes that LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Troy State are all in the mix for his services, he made it clear that there are two leaders.

"It would be Auburn or Alabama right now," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. After visiting both already this season, Grubbs says he likes things about both but one thing has drawn him close to Auburn now that the season has started. The Tigers' depth at defensive end, or rather the lack of it. With James Callier, Javor Mills and Alton Moore all finished after this season, Grubbs says that will weigh into his decision.

"Big Ben" surveys the field.

"One reason I like Auburn is that they are close to home," he says. "Another reason is that I went to see them practice and I like what I saw. I have an opportunity to play if I go to Auburn because their depth chart is not that deep with three seniors graduating this year. I also like the coaches at Auburn. That's one of the main things I like."

Ben is an intimidating figure when he walks up to the line of scrimmage from his linebacker spot.

Also an outstanding tight end prospect, Grubbs excels in that aspect of the game, particularly with this blocking. A good run blocker who knows how to create running lanes for a back, Grubbs could be a player who coaches on both sides of the ball in college fight over with today's limited rosters of players.

Grubbs blocks for an Elmore County runner in last week's loss to St. James.

Off to a disappointing 1-2 start following a 40-6 loss to St. James last Friday in which Elmore County runners fumbled six times, Grubbs and his teammates will look to get the season back on track as they face Tallassee this Friday night in Eclectic. If Grubbs has any say about it, the season is far from over.

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