During the first weekend of December, Hollywood (Fla.) South Broward athlete Kevin Grooms made the long trek from South Florida to visit the Kansas Jayhawks. He came away impressed with what he saw in Lawrence, Kansas.
"It was great. I had a lot of fun," Grooms said. "We got a chance to view the campus and hang out with our hosts. We went out to eat with the coaches and players. We met with the academic advisors. They took us around town to show us what was around there and the campus. That was about it."
One bit of news from Turner Gill and his staff that was appealing to the 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete was where they want to line him up if he was to decide to attend Kansas.
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"They want me as a running back," Grooms said. "They need a speed running back. They need somebody who can take the ball and take it to the next level."
During the visit, Grooms got attention from Gill and all of his assistants.
"It wasn't really one coach, I was basically dealing with all of the coaches as one group," Grooms said. "They were talking to me and showing me around. They all showed me attention."
Kansas was the first official visit for the three-star athlete. He had planned to take a trip this weekend but the news of Dave Wannstedt's dismissal at Pittsburgh has put a wrench in those plans.
"The plan was for me to go to Pitt this week, but I don't know if that is going to be happening because I heard some things happened there today," Grooms said. "I don't know what I will do with them. I have to talk to their coaches, they haven't gotten back up with me yet. I have been talking with Coach (Bernard) Clark."
He said he knows of three other likely visit destinations at this time.
"I am going to Florida State in January," Grooms said. "I am also thinking about Tennessee and Louisville. Tennessee wants me to get there on a visit but I haven't set up an assigned date yet."
While Kansas made a great impression upon Grooms, he is still approaching the recruiting process with an open mind. He was specific when asked if the Jayhawks had moved to the top of his list.
"No leader," Grooms said.
Grooms was scheduled to play in the Dade vs. Broward game but due to his Florida State official visit corresponding with the date of the game, he said he is unlikely to participate.