Defensive back Ali Groves of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson was off to a strong start in 2011 before an injury derailed his season.
"I had one interception and 23 tackles, but then I got hurt in the fourth game," Groves said. "I fractured my neck. I didn't play after that."
Today, Groves is 100 percent healthy, and the junior is starting to rack up the offers. At last check the 5-feet-11, 177-pounder, who could play either cornerback or safety in college, had them from Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Of that group, one team stands out.
"Out of those five schools, my favorite would probably be Vanderbilt," Groves said. "They've been the one getting in touch with me the most. They've talked to me about the depth chart, and the academics. It's a real good academic school. It's really those factors."
Groves planned to visit the Commodores on Saturday.
"I've visited Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Alabama," Groves said. "But this year I've only visited Vanderbilt. It was a few weeks ago when they played Kentucky [in basketball]. It was pretty good. The coaches brought me in and presented themselves as family. It was real nice. My favorite part of the trip was the atmosphere of the basketball game. Then being with some of the football players, and them telling me about the school and the football."
Who's No. 2?
"Right now, it's Georgia Tech," Groves said. "They haven't offered, but it's one of my top schools also. They have been in contact with me a lot. It's really those two [on top] right now."
Groves plans to stay busy this spring.
"I want to go up to South Carolina," he said. "I'd like to check out their campus. I really want to go to all the schools that have offered."