Over the course of the past decade the recruiting process has become more hectic than ever before largely due to the coverage high school players now receive from multiple media outlets, but also due to the pressure placed on college coaches. The pressure placed on winning usually turns into anger, which can then result into rage as was allegedly the case with former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino.
Mangino resigned from his post in Lawrence and unfortunately for Kansas, his resignation may cost them a few recruits including Hutchinson High School product Geneo Grissom.
Grissom, a native of nearby Hutchinson, Kan. – two hours from the KU campus – committed to the Jayhawks in late October and remained firm to his commitment until recently.
“Right now I’m just letting the dust settle from all of the craziness that is going on at Kansas,” Grissom said regarding the Mangino resignation. “Once the dust settles from that situation and things become clearer, that is when I’ll make a decision either way. There is no reason for me to be jumping to conclusions while things are still crazy like they are. I still have some time before I have to make my final decision.”
The developments at KU seem to have taken a toll on the three-star defensive end.
“The coach Mangino incident is bad for a prospect to be in the middle of,” Grissom added. “It’s grueling.”
Shortly after his pledge to the Jayhawks, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder received an offer from LSU who incidentally stuck by Grissom's side throughout the entire Kansas coaching ordeal. According to Grissom, that support is what has the Tigers very much in the mix for his signature.
“I have a pretty good relationship with the LSU coaches,” Grissom admitted. “Coach [John] Chavis and I talk every week. I know he is a good coach and he coaches a very good defense down there at LSU.
“He usually tells me how I’m the type of defensive end they are looking for and I could become a pretty good player at LSU. He also tells me about the campus life at LSU and how there is everything I need over there.”
Grissom claimed his talks with Chavis only make matters more complicated and that is why his final decision will likely not come until National Signing Day.
“Depending on what happens with the coaching situation will likely play a role in my decision,” Grissom stated. “Another big factor that I’m considering is the academic side of it. LSU does not have as strong of a medical field as Kansas and one of my goals is to enter the medical field after football so that is important to me. It is just really confusing.”
Grissom hopes to make things a little more clear when he takes an official visit to LSU that he already has set as a result of his conversations with the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
“I will be taking an official visit to LSU on Jan. 23 to see what it’s like over there,” Grissom said. “I want to see campus life, the dorms and the facilities. The weight room is also big to me because I’ll be spending a lot of time in there. I’d also want to talk to the professors from the medical department to see what kind of programs LSU offers.”