Getting To Know Stephen Grommer

2011 prospect Stephen Grommer and head coach Freddie Brown check in with TSR.

For Spartanburg’s head football coach, Freddie Brown, Stephen Grommer has been stronghold on the offensive line. Stephen stands at 6 foot 5 and nearly 300 pounds. This mature senior has played so well for the Viking’s head coach he now sports offers from East Carolina, West Carolina, N.C. State, and Maryland heading into his final high school season.

Coach Brown was able to provide insight into Grommer’s recruiting process. “Stephen’s first offer was from N.C. State. He received that offer when he went on an unofficial visit on spring break. They offered him on the spot. He really really likes N.C. State. He also likes Georgia Tech, but they haven’t offered just yet. East Carolina has offered as well. Harvard is going really hard after him. Maryland, N.C. State and East Carolina offered him about four or five months ago.”

“I know Stephen drove through Maryland’s campus to see the facilities and talked to a few people. He really enjoyed it. I know he talks to Coach Al Seamonson from the coaching staff. I have known Coach Seamonson from my coaching days at Wofford, so we talk from time to time about certain players and Stephen is on them.”

Being a former collegiate coach has made it easy for Coach Brown to evaluate talent that can translate well to the next level. He certainly believes Grommer has that talent. “Stephen has a different set of tools. He has great size at 6’5 and close to 300 pounds, and is very athletic for his size. He is going to have great opportunities.” Coach Brown continued to say, “He can either play either guard or tackle. He has a very high football IQ, and loves to work in the weight room. Stephen has great feet and a lot of toughness. Those attributes are what attract college coaches, and I can see it too. Having evaluating a lot of players myself I see him as a guard at the next level.” Stephen’s coach also added that he has a tremendous support group from his family.

The last subject Coach Brown touched on was the importance of Grommer to his football team. “He is one of our leaders. He has a major impact on the field, and we count on him to model to the younger players how a good football player plays, prepares, and goes about their business. I have seen him be a vocal leaders as well as leading by example. He is a great example for the younger players.”

After a long day consisting of school and football practice Stephen was able to elaborate more on his recruiting process. When I went on my visit to Maryland earlier this year I got to see the football team and all of the facilities. I was able to talk to Coach Seamonson. He likes how I keep my eyes open down field and my footwork. He also thinks I can make early impact playing, but he would have to see, what happens” said Grommer.

Grommer continued to elaborate on his plans in the coming weeks and where Maryland fits into his top choices, “I’m going up to Maryland one of theses weekends since I have a lot of family that lives about 20 minutes away from the university. Maryland is definitely in the hunt right now. I plan on making my decision during the season. The only visited I have scheduled right now is to Maryland, and once I visit Maryland I will know. I would say it just down to Maryland and N.C. State.”

Stephen also gave his thought about the University of Maryland football program. “I have heard of Maryland of course growing up and they have had some great teams over the years. They’ve also had some great players and great coaches, who know what they are doing.”

It has been hard for the Maryland coaching staff and Grommer to stay in contact with each other recently because fall practices have started for both parties, but they do talk when they get a chance. Stephen is looking for a school with a good Marketing program as well as a school with a good atmosphere where people from all over want to go to.

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