Notre Dame had plenty of receiver talent on campus last weekend for the Irish Invasion. Rontavius Groves was part of that contingent, but the product of Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville, Tenn., also added some intrigue to the equation.
“It was pretty good,” Groves said. “It was good chilling with the coaches and being able to compete with the competition that was there. I got the full tour, and it was cool seeing all of the NFL players on the wall at the Gug that had gone to Notre Dame. It was beautiful and different than anything I had ever seen. It was very tradition-based and peaceful.”
Groves was named one of the two fastest campers after the skill players raced at the conclusion of camp. Groves won state championships this year in the 200 meters (21.8 seconds), 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
“Speed is one of my strengths,” Groves said. “That’s why I can play wide receiver or defensive back.”
Groves spoke with Notre Dame associate head coach and wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock while on campus.
“The wide receivers coach talked to me about how I would fit into Notre Dame’s offense,” Groves said. “They see me as a slot wide receiver, which is what most schools that like me on offense see me playing for them. But I can play on the outside too. He didn’t say anything about an offer, but he said he was impressed with me.”
Groves has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Missouri, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He intends to make a decision before his senior season concludes.
“I will probably come out with a list of six or seven at the end of July,” Groves said. “Notre Dame has a great chance to make it if I (get offered). But right now I’m keeping everything open.
Groves will visit USC this week.
Groves is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 81 wide receiver in the Class of 2016.