A Man Among Boys: Cory Groover

Cory Groover may be the most underrated football player in the southeast, and make no mistake, when he steps onto campus next fall he'll be a dominating force on the defensive line. He's got the speed, the strength, and the work ethic to become one incredible football player in the ACC. All the latest on Cory is contained in this detailed report.

Without question, one of the top prospects to sign with the Tigers in 2002 is DE Cory Groover. Cory is known as one of the toughest, one of the meanest, and of the nastiest defensive players ever to play high school football in the state of South Carolina.

And he's got the worth ethic to match.

"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 with no problem. 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."

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. This past season he registered 156 tackles on defense, and ran for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense.

His main focus though is football, and he has no plans to play for Larry Shyatt's basketball program at Clemson.

Groover committed to the Tigers on February 7, 2001 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.

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 because he is so fast, but I think he'll end up on the defensive line," says Drawdy.

Groover put on an impressive display at the Shrine Bowl this year as he helped lead South Carolina to a shutout victory over North Carolina. He ended up being voted the Defensive MVP for the game and was also named the Class A Defensive Player of the Year.

Interestingly enough, Groover strongly considered South Carolina before making his commitment last January, "At first I wanted to go to South Carolina," said Groover, "but I had a bad experience at one of their camps."

"Clemson kept in contact with me and they showed that they really wanted me. Their coaches are nice and they have a great linebacking tradition."

Sure makes you feel good to be a Tiger doesn't it?

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