Grooms Is A Name To Remember

Hollywood (Fla.) South Broward junior athlete Kevin Grooms is off to a great start in 2009. Although not yet a household name in recruiting circles, Grooms is a special athlete with a five-game highlight film that will be hard to match. Bill Greene visited Grooms at a recent practice and filed this report.

Remember the name Kevin Grooms, as this junior athlete from South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida is starting to blow up in south Florida recruiting circles.

Grooms is basically a human highlight reel after five games this season. Last week he beat rival McArthur by returning a punt 80 yards in the last 15 seconds to pull out a dramatic 27-26 win.

On the season Grooms has gained 470 yards, averaging nearly 8 yards per carry. He is so dangerous as a return man that teams rarely kick to him.

"Things are going great for me this year," Grooms told BuckeyeSports.com. "My coach has me doing a lot of things this year and I love helping my team win. I think my best position is running back but I love playing defense also. My size is probably better suited for defense. I am 5-foot-10 and I weigh 170 pounds."

Grooms is not being heavily recruited so far, but the coaching staff at South Broward feels that is about to change because there has been a lot of interest in him over the past few weeks. South Broward also has six seniors currently holding Division-I offers.

"I'm not sure what to think about college recruiting right now," Grooms said. "I mean, I don't have any offers yet, but my coach has told me he's getting a lot of calls about me lately. I definitely want to play football in college."

Grooms already has a list of favorites, even though he stressed he's open to hearing from all schools.

"Right now, the schools I like the most are Miami, Florida, Oregon and Ohio State," he said. "Miami is playing great right now and I definitely watch them every week. I like the coaching staff at Miami. Florida is so much fun to watch too, and I love all the trick plays they run, plus they have Tim Tebow."

"Oregon is another team that's fun to watch and I'm interested in them," Grooms continued. "Ohio State has been a favorite of mine since I was a little kid. I always wanted to go there once I saw Maurice Clarett run the football. I thought he was going to be in the NFL, but I guess he made some bad choices and paid the price. I love seeing schools like Ohio State come to Florida to recruit us. We're the best athletes in the country, so I can see why they want to come here for players. A lot of Florida high school kids like Ohio State because we know we can succeed there, both on the football field and in life."


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