Pack Out Front For SC Lineman

NC State recently offered and leads for Spartanburg (SC) offensive lineman Stephen Grommer. Pack Pride's got the latest on the rising senior's interest in the Wolfpack.

NC State prides itself on identifying talent early and that has been evident during the first couple of months of the recruiting year as several prospects have landed their initial offer from the Wolfpack.

The latest player to pick up his first scholarship from NC State is talented Spartanburg (SC) High School standout Stephen Grommer. The 6-5, 288 pound junior lines up at right tackle for Spartanburg although he projects at guard by the Wolfpack coaches.

Grommer made a recent visit to NC State and talked with Pack Pride about landing his first scholarship offer.

"I went up there during my spring break and I had sent them my highlight tape," said Grommer. "I had been talking to them on email asking if I could come up on a visit. I got to go to a practice and talk to all of the players and got a tour of everything. I got to talk to coach O'Brien and that's when they offered me. All the coaches knew about it but they kept it as like a big surprise.

"It was great to know that everything I had done had been for that and I would be going to school for free and playing college football."

Grommer added that State explained where they projected him on the next level and stated he was extremely impressed with everything he saw during his time in Raleigh- particularly from the coaching staff.

"They said I could do really well at guard because they're really looking for guards right now and they want to build up their offensive line.

"NC State is a great school. Everybody there is nice and the coaches will talk to you about anything, not only football. My mom loved it and they have really, really good fans. We got there at 10:30 and the game didn't start until 1:00 and people were already camping out.

"Coach O'Brien is a real good guy and coach Horton is too. They just know how to treat their players. The campus is awesome."

In addition to NC State, Grommer is also hearing from Georgia, Wofford, Illinois, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA and South Carolina among others. He said that a few of the schools seem to be on the brink of joining the Pack with offers.

"Kentucky wants me to come see them and I think Duke wants to see me too. Vanderbilt is coming to one of our spring practices. They told me they're taking two linemen and I'm high on their list."

So when does Grommer plan to get recruiting behind him?

"I know from past experience, there have been some guys at my school that waited and they lost scholarships to some really good schools. So I don't want to make it too soon but I want to know all the circumstances like, how many linemen they're going to offer, what position, the possibility of playing time. All of those factors are important in deciding."

Although still early in the process, Grommer said there are some schools that have risen to the top of his favorite's list. The Pack's early offer has obviously put them in prime position.

"NC State is up there. They're the top one right now. Wofford is really nice because it's close to home. Other than that, Vanderbilt is really nice, too. I went up there and visited. That's kind of it right now."

Grommer said that he plans to major in Business.

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