Recruiting: Cory Groover Sticking with the Tigers

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Groover made his official visit to Clemson during the FSU game.

Cory Groover Defensive tackle Southwest Mississippi Junior College 6'2", 289 lbs. When Cory Groover was a football and track standout out at South Carolina's Hannah-Pamplico High School, Clemson University made an offer to him to continue his football career. Although Groover spent the past two season at Southwest Mississippi Junior College, he said that Clemson has stuck by him. On January 12, 2004, Groover will thank the school by enrolling, making him eligible for next season. "It's close to home, and they were the first school to offer when I was in high school," Groover said. "They have stuck by me, and I am going to stick by them." Southwest Mississippi finished the season with a 5-4 record, but Groover spent the entire season making his presence known. He had 60 solo tackles, nine sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, and scored a touchdown. Although his presence could bolster Clemson's defense, Groover isn't sure the Tigers even need him. "Watching them play against Florida State and South Carolina, I think they already have everything they need," Groover said. "I will just give them another good player." Groover made his official visit to Clemson during the FSU game. Clemson assistant Thielen Smith is recruiting Groover for the Tigers. Cory Groover Bio Out of High School Committed to Clemson on Signing Day 2001 as a junior and stuck to his pledge... SuperPrep All-American... Class A all-state team... Associated Press all-state team... All-Region 8-A... played in the Shrine Bowl... MVP for South Carolina... South Carolina Sports Report Class A Defensive Player of the Year... USA Today preseason All-American... WBTW All-Pee-Dee Area Team... Defensive Player of the Year... WPDE Zone Man Finalist... All Zone Team as top defensive player... recorded 152 tackles and eight sacks... forced four fumbles and recovered two... rushed for 1,002 yards on 110 carries as a fullback... had nine catches for 284 yards... added 307 yards on kickoff returns... scored 27 touchdowns his senior year... will play defensive line for the Tigers... played for Coach Stan Drawdy...chose Clemson over South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina. Other Recruiting Updates 11/24 RB Albert Ashcraft, Monroe, NC - Clemson offer 11/23 DL Dorian Capers, Ridgeland, SC - Clemson offer 11/20 QB Jordan Steffy, Leola, PA - Clemson offer 11/19 OL James Thompson, Sumter, SC - Clemson offer 11/18 ATH Sinclair Cannon, Greer, SC - Clemson offer 11/17 WR Brooks Foster, Boiling Springs, SC - Clemson offer 11/16 DL Bryon Bishop, Union, SC - Clemson offer 11/13 WR Sidney Rice, Gaffney, SC - No offer 11/12 Willis Firm With Commitment 11/11 Harris Still Firm with Verbal Commitment to Tigers 11/09 Recruits Excited about Clemson after FSU Blowout 11/06 WR Dwayne Jarrett, New Brunswick, NJ - Clemson offer 11/05 DB Chris Haslon, Burlington, NJ - Clemson offer 10/29 WR Douglas Dutch, Bowie, Maryland - Clemson offer 10/28 LB Eric Berry, Suffolk, VA - Clemson offer 10/27 DL Dwayne Hendricks, Millville, NJ - Clemson offer 10/23 K C.J. Rhody, Stuart, FL - No offer 10/22 OL Ell Ash, Willingboro, NJ - Clemson offer 10/21 Shrine Bowl Rosters Announced 10/20 OL Rashaad Jackson, Union, SC - Clemson offer 10/19 OL L.J. Anderson, Sumter, SC - No offer 10/17 DL Matt Raysor, Bamberg, SC - Soft USC Commitment, Clemson Offer 10/16 DL Elemore Gabriel, Brooklyn, NY - Clemson Commitment 10/15 OL Mike Byrne, Lilitz, PA - No offer 10/14 DT David Brown, Madison, AL - Clemson offer 10/09 OL Courtney Abbott, East Point, GA - Clemson offer 10/08 DE Shukree Barfield, Sicklerville, NJ - Clemson offer 09/25 WR Rodriguez Johnson, Greenville, SC - No offer Clemson Commitments 1. DB Brandon Croley (6-0, 180, 4.5) Jacksonville, FL 2. DT Cory Groover (6-3, 282) Summit, MS (SW Miss JUCO) 3. QB Cullen Harper (6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, GA 4. WR L'Dontae Harris (6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, AL 5. OL Bobby Hutchinson (6-4, 270, 5.1) Greenville, FL 6. OL Taylor Tremel (6-4, 260, 5.0) Lake Mary, FL 7. LB Courtney Vincent (6-1, 220, 4.6) Allendale, SC 8. OL Tony Willis (6-6, 305, 5.3) Highland Springs, VA 9. DL Elemore Gabriel (6-4, 250, 4.89) Brooklyn, NY

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