Tigers In The Mix For Mississippi Defensive Star

This highly regarded high school football prospect is preparing to taking his fifth and final official visit. Auburn is one of the teams among his finalists.

Greenville, Miss.--Despite visiting both Ole Miss and Mississippi State the last two weekends and saying both were great trips, defensive end Quentin Groves says that he is still wide open after taking four of his five scheduled visits.

On his way to Georgia this coming weekend, the 6-4, 230 speedster notes that there is one thing a school must have to get his signature on Feb. 5.

"The main thing I'm looking for is a spiritual coordinator," Groves tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "If they don't have a spiritual coordinator then I might as well get back on the plane and go home. The second thing I'm looking at is the coaches, the players and the fan base. If I feel comfortable at the school when I get off the plane then the school has a real good chance of getting me."

Quentin Groves

That should bode well for Auburn's chances with Groves, who visited Auburn officially the weekend of the Georgia game in November. On hand as the Tigers nearly pulled off a victory against the SEC champion Bulldogs, Groves had a chance to not only meet with Coach Tommy Tuberville and the rest of the coaching staff, he met with Chette Williams, who handles the role of team chaplain and and counselor for the Tigers. In addition, Groves received a chance to see the Auburn crowd in action and he notes that he's still impressed by everything he saw that weekend.

"They called me last night," Groves says of Auburn's coaching staff. "They are going to be down here Thursday. I like the players there and the coaches also. Most important I like the fans there and me and my Tigerette hit if off real well when I was there."

While the Tigers are in the running, the team the that could be toughest to beat for his signature is the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Coach Jackie Sherrill has surrounded himself with veteran recruiters like former Louisville Coach Ron Cooper and former Oklahoma head man John Blake. That appears to have been something that impressed Groves on his visit to see MSU.

"I got a chance to meet all the new coaches," Groves says of his visit to Starkville. "Me and Coach Blake hit it off real well and I got along well with Coach Cooper also. The players out there are really like a family."

In addition to Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee, the Ole Miss Rebels are also in the running after Groves visited them two weeks ago. "It went real well," Groves says. "The coaches and the players, we really bonded together. I got a chance to really sit down and talk with Coach (David) Cutcliffe. I feel we connected on one note."

A dominating force on the front line along with teammate Devrick Hampton, Groves has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail since his performance at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa. One of just two players over 200 pounds to run a 4.5 or better (the other being Ernie Sims), he caught the attention of college coaches and vaulted himself up the recruiting charts.

Groves says that he plans to make a decision sometime before signing day, but doesn't have a timetable for his decision.

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