DT Cory Groover
6-3, 280. 4.9
Southwest Mississippi Junior College
Pamplico, South Carolina
As we first reported on CUTigers.com late last week, the JUCO standout is planning to start practicing with the Clemson Tigers when they return to practice after the Christmas break in Atlanta on December 26th.
"I think they get off practice on the 22nd. I will probably come to practice when they return the day after Christmas," said Groover. "The coach said it was up to me."
He is projected to play as a defensive tackle for Clemson next year.
Groover recorded 156 tackles on defense, and ran for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense during his senior year at Hannah-Pamplico under head coach Stan Drawdy.
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.
After signing with the Tigers in 2002, Cory ended up at Southwest Mississippi Junior College.
During his first year, he was named to the All-Conference and All-State teams even though he missed 3 games with an injury. This past season, he recorded 9 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 touchdown.
"I'm ready to get to Clemson," Groover said. "It's close to home. I've been waiting for long time. "I'm looking forward to it. It's a dream come true and I'm very happy about it."
Groover Makes the Grade
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