Kevin Grooms is one of the most exciting players in south Florida. He stars on both sides of the ball from South Broward High School in Ft. Lauderdale. Last season as a junior he rushed for over 1,600 yards and 18 scores on offense and had two interceptions and 15 pass breakups from his cornerback position.
"My strengths as a running back is that I can really see the field," Grooms said. "I see what's going on. I can stop on a dime and start back up. I have great acceleration.
"At corner, I am real physical corner. I don't accept anyone catching the ball on me.
"Most teams are recruiting me as an athlete. I rather play running back but I am not opposed to playing defense. I just like the ball in my hands."
Grooms, 5-10 and 170 pounds, has scholarship offers from Tennessee (first), FSU, Ole Miss (last), FIU, Rutgers, Oregon, and Florida.
"USC, Purdue, Michigan State, USF, and Hawaii are all recruiting me hard but they have not offered. Right now I am pretty open. I mean my options are open with everyone."
So what are the things Grooms is looking for in the school he chooses?
"I want to really like the coaches and feel comfortable with them. I want to interact well with the players. Early playing time is big. I want to play early and feel like I can fit in well scheme wise in any offense or defense out there."
So far Grooms has not made any unofficial visits this winter or spring. But that will change this weekend when he visits Tallahassee and Florida State.
"Actually, I went there earlier this year to my cousin's senior night. She (Alisha Harvin) played on the women's basketball team there at FSU. It looked like a place where I can fit in.
"I have talked with a few FSU coaches there and they really seem to be interested in me and want me to get up there.
"I also want to see Florida, Purdue, USC, and Hawaii."