Rontavius Groves has journeyed coast to coast this summer visiting colleges. Of those travels, his North Carolina visit on Friday was among the three stops that stood out.
“It went pretty good,” Groves said. “I got a pretty good vibe from the football team. I feel like I can relate to them and kick it with them. The coaches all treated me great. I feel like I fit in perfectly to the offense there. And I feel like I come there and get a great education, while playing football and enjoying myself on its campus.”
Trips to Alabama and Southern Cal also stood out to Groves. Additionally, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver from Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn visited Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt this summer.
Despite his brimming summer slate, Groves says he’s considering each of his 19 scholarship offering schools equally.
“Right now, I’m just trying to focus on my football team,” Groves said. “College is going to come mid-season when I know my team is together. Right now, I’m wide open to all schools.”
Groves originally planned to participate during UNC’s Friday morning camp. However, he was advised by doctors to avoid catching drills after spraining ligaments in his hand a couple of weeks prior. As an alternative, he made sure to attentively shadow Gunter Brewer as he instructed the wide receiver group.
“He’s a great coach, man,” Groves said. “He can take little to no skills and he can make them look like they’re a great talent. He’s a cool type of coach – he’s going to mess with you at the same time that he’s getting you better.”
Following the camp, Groves met separately with Brewer, who not only coaches UNC’s wide receivers but is also handling Groves’s recruitment, and Larry Fedora.
“We talked football,” Groves said. “We talked about how they’ve been on this probation and how they’ve changed things to fix the problems. They aren’t trying to hide it, but they’re trying to put it in the past and move forward. They talked about how I fit into the offense and how they’re going to try to get me the ball.”
Within UNC’s no-huddle, spread offense, Groves projects as an A-back. As a junior at Pearl-Cohn, he accumulated over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Of those yards, 1,117 came from 43 receptions – good for 19 touchdowns. He also averaged nearly 25 yards per kickoff return.
“I feel like the best way to get the ball is by moving around and that’s what the A-back does,” Groves said. “[Brewer] said he wants me all over the field.”
Earlier this month, UNC picked up commitments from two receiver prospects (Korey Banks and Roscoe Johnson) and added a third through a transfer (Jordan Cunningham). None of those three are projected A-backs and Groves says those developments weren’t discussed during conversations with Brewer or Fedora.
“I’m not worried about those commits,” Groves said. “I feel like, if I come there and even if there were five commits, I’m going to come in to compete.”
When he wasn’t with UNC coaches, Groves hung out with Tar Heels Josh Cabrera and M.J. Stewart.
“It was great, because we got to learn different things about each other and our cultural,” Groves said. “There were different things that I didn’t know that we had in common. It was great to find out how they grew up compared to how I grew up and the things we did differently and the things we had in common.”
After departing Chapel Hill on Saturday, Groves – along with two Pearl-Cohn assistant coaches – headed to West Virginia for a visit.
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