Terry Grigsby, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound wide receiver from Omaha North High School, is a player who has Kansas State on his itinerary this summer. Previously in Manhattan for the Wildcat Spring Game, Grigsby plans on returning for camp in hopes of leaving a lasting impression on the coaching staff. He talked in-depth recruiting.
"I'm part of the Summer Junior Olympic track team run by my parents out of Omaha," Terry Grigsby said. "At the end of July we'll be in Wichita, so I'm going up to the one day camp in Manhattan on the 30th. They were the first school to really start looking at me, so I'm excited to go back and see the coaches."
Del Miller was recruiting then-senior Travis Green last year out of Omaha North. Miller and the staff got to know Grigsby and invited him for the spring game.
"It was actually a lot of fun," said Grigsby. "I liked the laid-back, chill atmosphere of the campus. I loved the offensive system. They were doing a lot of passing in the game and as a wide receiver you like to see that."
Although Grigsby has been busy with track he has made it to camps at in-state Nebraska and Iowa State so far this summer.
"Coach [Courtney] Messingham at Iowa State told me he thought they were missing a big opportunity by not recruiting more heavily in Nebraska," said Grigsby. "He told me he was glad I came. I did a good job coming up with balls and felt like I had a good camp.
"Nebraska, I really liked. The DB coach, Corey Raymond, said he could tell I got faster. Wide receiver is my main position, but he wanted me to split time and play some cornerback in one-on-one drills. I like offense, but I'd be more than happy to be one of the ‘Blackshirts' at Nebraska with their great tradition."
Others schools showing Grigsby interest at this time are Iowa, Division 1 Championship subdivision North Dakota and South Dakota, and Division II Minnesota State, Mankato.
"It was Coach [Dell] Miller who told me to take summer courses," said Grigsby. "Coach [Larry] Martin (of Omaha North) told me I'm almost there with my ACT score and core GPA. Once I'm cleared I think the schools showing me looks will be more likely to offer."
Grigsby caught 28 receptions for 280 yards with three touchdowns as a junior. In the secondary, he made three interceptions. On special teams he returned kickoffs. Grigsby feels a mentor and improved work ethic helped move his game to where it is now.
"If I had put this much work in as a freshman, there's no telling where I'd be," Grigsby stated. "I felt being naturally gifted I could get by without doing all the little things necessary to be successful. Doing footwork drills, catching passes with my quarterback on the weekend, and running good, precise routes are all things I'm doing to get to the next level.
"Niles Paul (a star at Nebraska now with the Washington Redskins) is a a good friend of the family," said Grigsby. "Since the lockout he's come home [to Omaha], and we've worked out together on footwork.
"I listen to everything he has to say. He's been there, knows what they expect of you in college. Learning what I can from him will help give me an edge. There aren't too many high school prospects who have the luxury of calling or texting an NFL receiver for advice."
Grigsby comes from an athletic family. His father, Terry Grigsby Sr., played at Arizona State. He does the triple jump and the 400 meter dash for the Junior Olympic summer team. At the Nebraska USA Junior Olympics he placed first in the triple jump with a 43'1. He plans to major in Accounting or Sports Management.
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