"I'm definitely proud of what we've accomplished so far, but we're not playing at the level we're capable of yet."
Geneo Grissom, the 6'4" 225 lb. defensive end, has been the star player
for the Salthawks with his dominant play on the field this
season. He committed to Kansas back in June, and he remains
solid to the crimson and blue.
"It's nice because I really haven't gotten any phone calls or
anything. I'm 100% to Kansas and people know that."
KU linebackers coach Bill Miller (also the co-defensive coordinator)
has been the leading recruiter for Grissom, and it does not hurt that
Miller was a player at Hutchinson in his early years.
"Coach Miller and I have a little bit of a bond. We can
relate really well and he just showed a genuine interest in
me. He is an all-around great guy and I can always call him
and let him know how I played. He'll beat me to it sometimes
and call first, and that shows me that he cares about what I'm doing on
a weekly basis."
What was the selling point for the Jayhawks throughout Grissom's
"The tradition is really neat. I've been to a couple of games
and I know the crowd out there is rooting for you all the
way. You wouldn't even be able to hear yourself think after
you make a great play, and KU is just a great atmosphere."
When Geneo was asked how his season was going, he gave a modest
"I think things have been going well, but there is still room for
improvement. My strength is getting better, but I have to
Grissom might not be the biggest kid you will see lining up at
defensive end, but he is certainly one of the most athletic.
Explosion off the ball and good lateral quickness are what make up for
his current lack of bulk. When the player with the ball sees
#85 running after them, they know to "get out of Dodge".
Grissom wears #85 at Hutchinson, but if he had his choice, what number
would he dawn at KU?
"I think they have a guy wearing it right now, but I have always liked
the number 92," said Grissom. We'll just have to see what
With his recruitment over and his decision already made, one last
question was asked of the defensive end that made him chuckle a little
bit. "Who are you looking forward to playing the most in the
"I can't wait to play Nebraska. I worked at a country club in
Hutchinson, and a lot of the members were Nebraska alumni.
They never let me live it down if KU lost a game and they gave me a
bunch of crap about it. If we beat Nebraska, it would be sort
of like one of those I-told-you-so kinds of moments."
For now, Grissom has a goal in mind, and that is to win
state. Next year, when he switches from wearing blue and gold
to blue and crimson, his goal will be to work hard and be the best
player possible for the Jayhawks.
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