Talented Defensive End Chooses Tigers

This Mississippi football star talks about his decision to be a Tiger.

Greenville, Miss.--The Auburn Tigers got a commitment from one of the top defensive ends in the South on Sunday when 6-4, 230-pound Quentin Groves announced that he will sign with the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday.

On Sunday, he narrowed his list to two teams before picking the Tigers over Mississippi State. Groves said the No. 1 reason for picking Auburn was the strong Fellowship of Christian Athletes program headed by team chaplain Chette Williams, a former Auburn football player. Growing up in a strongly religious family, Groves said that he believed his mother really wanted him to go to Auburn and he didn't feel he would have her blessing to sign with any other school.

"To tell you the honest-to-God truth, I really liked their chaplin, Chette Williams, from the first time I met him," Groves says. "It was like everybody tried to imitate Chette on every other campus. It was like he was the original of all of them and nobody could come close to imitating him."

Groves, who visited Auburn officially for the Georgia game, came away impressed and had the Tigers listed as his favorite after that trip. However, other teams moved in and out of the lead as the recruiting pitch picked up for the very talented athlete.

"It was really difficult but it all came down to like I said," Groves notes. "My momma said she had Auburn all along. She said she felt the most comfortable with Auburn. Without her blessing, I couldn't have gone to any other school. She just gave me her blessing to go to Auburn and I'm glad she did."

Quentin Groves was a star among star high school players at the 2002 Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

A dominating defensive end as well as part-time tight end, Groves led his team to a 6-5 record this season despite putting up enormous stats. With 21 sacks and 60 tackles along with three catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns, Groves displayed a knack for making the big play this season. A two-year starter, he led Class 5A in sacks as a junior with 14 and also had 97 tackles.

A multi-sport athlete who excels in powerlifting, track and basketball, Groves has been a key component for his school in several sports. With a personal best squat of 535 pounds along with a bench press of 295 and a dead lift of 525, he has proved he can handle his own in the weight room.

In track he throws the discus and has an impressive throw of 147 feet, seven inches in that event. A starter in basketball as well at power forward, Groves is an all-around athlete who should excel on the collegiate level when concentrating on one sport.

Groves chose the Tigers over Mississippi State and also visited Georgia and Ole Miss and had offers from dozens of other schools. He will be a player that will have a chance to make an immediate impact at defensive end next year for the Tigers.

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