Cory Groover (LB/DE) has been a starter for the Hannah-Pamplico Red Raiders since he led his team in total tackles as a freshman. His sophomore year, Cory played tight end and also began running the football as a halfback. He again led his team in tackles, and the Red Raiders finished the season 10-2.
As a junior, Cory helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season and a 13-1 record.
Even more impressive is that record included 8 shutouts.
Playing as a middle linebacker, Cory recorded almost 130 tackles with 8 sacks. On offense, he amassed over 1,100 yards rushing and 17 TDs at halfback. He also handled kickoffs, and has been known to intimidate opposing teams by beating on his chest right before the game starts.
Standing at 6-3, weighing 250 lbs., and being able to bench press almost 310 lbs., we can see how that would probably work.
"Cory will also go into the weight room and out perform almost everyone," says Hannah-Pamplico Head Coach Stan Drawdy. "We'll have kids go in there and put up 280-290 lbs. and Cory will step in and do it 5 times. He is a very strong football player and many times on the field you will see him just run right over anybody that stands in his way, or just avoid him altogether."
Coach Drawdy also says that Cory is a real likeable kid off the field with a great sense of humor, "He's always joking around with his teammates and friends, but on the field, the switch goes off and he turns into all business."
Cory is known around the state for his toughness and athletic ability. He also is an all-state candidate in basketball and has already scored over 1000 points in his career.
His main focus though is football, and he has no plans to play for Larry Shyatt's basketball program at Clemson.
Cory Groover committed to the Tigers on February 7 this year and was recruited extensively by Brad Scott. One of the reasons he chose the Tigers so early is because Coach Scott kept in close contact with him throughout last season and was very persistent with his phone calls. Cory also has had contact most recently with Mike O'Cain.
Coach Drawdy indicated that he thought Cory would play on the defensive line at Clemson, because of his athletic ability and quickness, he could cause havoc in the trenches and create a lot of opportunities to put pressure on the quarterback.
"Right now, he runs a 4.57 40-yard dash. They might give him a look and middle linebacker, but I think he'll end up on the defensive line," says Drawdy.
Cory has not yet qualified, but he is currently enrolled in summer school and is working hard to get his grades in order. Cory will also make an official visit this fall and would probably attend several Clemson home games.
Last season, Cory Groover was an All-State performer on the football field and he currently is ranked as the sixth best player in the state by our friends over at SCPrepFootball.com.
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