Now, thanks to the crown jewel that is the Anderson Family Football Complex, it sounds like those hopes are becoming a reality.
Skeptical? Just ask Geneo Grissom, a three-star prospect at defensive
end from Hutchinson (Kan.) High School, and one of the top players in
Earlier this month, the 6-foot-4, 230 pound Grissom gave his verbal
commitment to the University of Kansas, and the facilities were an
important factor in the decision.
"I was amazed," he said. "I was in awe. Their weight room is
incredible, and just their facilities period."
The Jayhawks appear to be just as enamored with Grissom. Possessed of
an explosive first step and a frame capable of holding legitimate Big
12 size for a defensive end, Grissom's recruitment was really heating
up. That is, until he decided to bring it to an early close.
While the aforementioned facilities were an important factor, they were
hardly the only attractive element of a Kansas program on the
rise. Bill Miller, hired as the linebackers coach and
co-defensive coordinator in January, acted as Grissom's lead recruiter.
A Hutchinson native himself, Grissom said that he quickly formed a bond
with the former Salthawk. At Miller's request, the rest of the coaching
staff took a deeper look at Grissom's film, and obviously liked what
they saw – the Jayhawks were one of the first programs to extend an
Already accustomed to success as an integral part of head coach Randy
Dreiling's dominant Hutch program, Grissom knows like he has a great
deal to offer Kansas as a player.
The Salthawk defense, he said, is built around a total team philosophy,
meaning that there isn't any room for specialists. As a result, he
feels that he is as adept at playing the run as he is rushing the
"You have to trust your teammates and know that they're going to get
their job done," Grissom said. "As long as you get your job done."
Now that his recruitment is over, Grissom is free to focus on preparing
for his senior campaign, a run at yet another state title, and a
season-opening matchup with perennial Kansas City powerhouse Rockhurst.
Beyond that, he said, he's happy to be a Jayhawk.
"I feel like I have a lot of room to grow," Grissom said. "But I'm up
to the task. I'm excited about the future."
Grissom Liked What He Saw
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