Focus '08: Tyler Groves

Among New Jersey's wealth of skilled players is Toms River East High School's Tyler Groves. Groves is a superb athlete at the outside linebacker position. At 6' 4" chiming in at 210lbs with a bench of 370 pounds and squats 540 pounds, Groves has the size and power that teams look for in a weak side linebacker.

New Jersey is always rich with D-1 prospects and this year is no different. The 2008 recruiting class of skilled athletes is over flowing. Among New Jersey's wealth of skilled players is Toms River East High School's Tyler Groves. Groves is a superb athlete at the outside linebacker position. At 6' 4" chiming in at 210lbs with a bench of 370 pounds and squats 540 pounds, Groves has the size and power that teams look for in a weak side linebacker.

Grove's high school coach thinks he could even play safety in college, with his good hips, cover skills, and 4.5 speed to boot.

As a linebacker, Groves has a nose for the ball. Last season, he recorded 91 tackles, 36 assisted, 37 solo and 18 for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries, 1 returned for a touchdown and another 3 pass breakups.

As far as favorites, Groves camped at Penn State the last two years and they have a leg up on everybody right now. One big reason Penn State is so high on Groves' list is their engineering program along with the fact that the Lions are returning back to national prominence. However, Pittsburgh and Connecticut seem to be closing the gap.

Academics and closeness to home are two major factors that will impact Groves' decision.

The one team that throws everything haywire is Texas. Groves's dad played for the Longhorns on that great team back in 1981, a linebacker himself, as an alumnus Kelint Groves still has a connection with the university.

In addition to Groves' football abilities, he also excels on the track. His performance on the track is good enough to capture a number of his schools' records and garner scholarship offers. As a junior, Groves made all-division and all-county. His abilities on the track will be on display at Penn Relays where will go up against some of the best athletes in the nation. Although Groves doesn't know which event he will compete in, he plans on bringing home some hardware.


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