6-3, 280. 4.9
Southwest Mississippi Junior College
Pamplico, South Carolina
The Stats: Cory Groover is a junior college transfer who originally signed with Clemson in the 2002 recruiting class but failed to qualify. During his last season at Southwest Mississippi JC, Groover registered 9 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 touchdown on a fumble recovery. During his first year, he was named to the All-Conference and All-State teams even though he missed 3 games with an injury. Groover chose the Tigers over South Carolina and was recruited to Clemson by recruiting coordinator David Blackwell.
Strength: Groover has always been a man among boys, even when he played against the top competition the state of South Carolina had to offer. He's relentless in his pursuit of the ball carrier and he generally just blows up the line of scrimmage from the interior. He has excellent strength and makes it a habit of outworking everyone in the weight room.
Why Clemson? "It's close to home," said Groover. "I've been waiting for long time to get up there and I'm just looking forward to it. I've always wanted to go to Clemson and I committed to them the day after signing day of my junior year. Clemson kept in contact with me and they showed that they really wanted me. Their coaches are nice and they have a great tradition. It's a dream come true for me to be able to play there."
Did You Know? Cory Groover 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 that season.
Coach Blackwell Says: "I can't wait to see him on the field this spring," said Coach Blackwell. "I've never seen a kid his size, move that fast. He brings a lot of things to the table for us as a defensive tackle. We are very excited about Cory Groover's future here in the coming years."
DT Cory Groover at the Peach Bowl