December 20, 2010

Hokies offer speedy athlete

Virginia Tech extended a new offer not too long ago. The latest scholarship goes out to a versatile athlete, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder that claims numerous other offers at this time. Are the Hokies in the picture?

"Virginia Tech offered probably about a week ago," Hollywood (Fla.) South Broward athlete Kevin Grooms said. "They got my film and had time to sit down with the coaches. They said they liked what I bring to the table and I'm the type of guy they need in their system."

Grooms has already been in touch with his recruiter, Charley Wiles.

"I've talked to him and he's keeping me informed on the Orange Bowl and what their players do," he said. "He's talked about coming to take a visit to the school."

Does Grooms know much more about the Hokies?

"I mean, I think Virginia Tech is a great school if I were to go there," he said. "I think I'd be able to fit into their system and style of play. I know they run the ball a lot and the coaches are very exciteda bout me.

"I know they had Kevin Jones in the past and have Ryan Williams. Over the years they've had a two back type of backfield and always produce running backs. It's a great system for me and they have great special teams. I just feel if I go to Virginia Tech I could stand out."

To date, the three-star prospect has taken just one official visit to Kansas a couple weeks back, he has two more trips including one to Blacksburg.

"I'm looking at Kansas, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Tennessee, Louisville and Pittsburgh is kind of in the picture," he said. "I'm probably going to Florida State on January 14th and then I think Virginia Tech on the 21st."

While Tech is looking at tailback, other schools are saying running back. Does Grooms care?

"I want to play in the backfield," he said. "I feel like that's my standout position, but I'll do whatever coach needs me to, to help the team win."

The No. 31 athlete in the nation maintains he's open and with visits coming up, he went in-depth on what he wants in his future home.

"Once I take my visits, sit down and talk to my mom and mentor I'll picking things out," he said. "I'm looking for a school that is real concerned about academics as far as me being a student athlete. On the football side, I want a team that has a set tradition of good coaches that are dedicated, I want to win and do big things. Location isn't really a problem in college, as an athlete I've got to travel anyway."

Grooms was a very versatile player for South Broward this season rushing for 1,400-yards accounting for 29 total touchdowns including six punt returns. He was also a top rated cornerback in south Florida.

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