An Important Cory Groover Update

CUTigers.com continues today with an update on one of the most important potential recruits for the 2004 class in Hannah-Pamplico native and JUCO transfer Cory Groover. Groover is one of the most tenacious defensive linemen to sign with Clemson in the last 5 years. Will he report to Clemson in January?

DT Cory Groover
6-3, 280. 4.9
Southwest Mississippi Junior College
Pamplico, South Carolina

The 6-3, 275 pound superstar defender had another impressive season with Southwest Mississippi Junior College this past season. He recorded 9 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 touchdown during his final JUCO season.

Groover has also been working hard in the classroom as well, and he is on schedule to graduate in December. "My classes are coming good. I still plan to enroll at Clemson in January."

But the question on everyone's mind, is the superstar defender still firm with his commitment to the Tigers? "I'm still firm with my commitment to Clemson. I'm definitely going to Clemson."

In fact, Coach Blackwell just called yesterday to speak with the talented prospect. "I talked to Coach Blackwell Saturday. I told him I was coming to the Florida State game. He told me I will be getting a single digit jersey next season."

Groover's road to Clemson has been a long one as he first committed to Clemson during his junior year of high school. "I'm ready to get there. It's close to home. I've been waiting for long time. I'm very happy about it."

Groover excelled on both sides of the ball as a senior at Hannah-Pamplico 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.

We will continue to keep you updated about this outstanding defensive tackle, right up through his enrollment in January.

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