Groover Still a Force

Cory Groover, one of the most dominating defensive linemen to come out of South Carolina in the last 5 years, put together a great season last year at Southwest Mississippi Junior College. Today we bring you an update courtesy of Stan Drawdy, Cory's high school coach at Hannah-Pamplico.

Cory Groover was one of the first verbal commitments to Clemson University way back on signing day of 2001. And nearly 2 and half years later, the former Hannah-Pamplico Red Raider still plans on honoring his commitment to the Tigers.

"Cory had a great year at Southwest Mississippi," said his former head coach at H-P, Stan Drawdy. "He led the team in sacks, and was selected to the All-Conference team and All-State Team, and he did all that after missing a couple of games (3) with injuries too."

Groover excelled on both sides of the ball as a senior at H-P back in 2001. He recorded over 150 tackles, 8 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles as a middle linebacker and added over 1,000 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns as a bruising fullback.

He also was named the Defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl where he helped lead South Carolina to a shutout victory over North Carolina. During that game, most scouts agreed that there was simply no one on the field that could match his talent or his aggressiveness. He was also named the Class A Defensive Player of the Year.

Groover, who was simply known as a man among boys during his playing days at H-P, has continued to work extremely hard in the weight room.

"Cory now weighs over 280 pounds, and he has lost no speed. He has been working out in our weight room," added Drawdy.

Southwest Mississippi coach Dominic Green maintains that both Groover and fellow 2001 signee DE Irvin Brisker have a good possibility of graduating in December and both players intend on resigning with Clemson.

Brisker, a native of Conyers, Georgia who now stands in at 6-feet 7-inches tall and weighs over 300 pounds, played as a tight end and on the offensive line last season. Top Stories