Grissom Liked What He Saw

It's a safe bet that Mark Mangino and his coaching staff at the University of Kansas were hoping to see the athletic department's investment of $31 million in their program bear immediate fruit.

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 the state.

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 offer.

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 passer.

"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."

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