Kicker Ben Grogan gains interest


Consider last Friday’s game the classic highlight tape for three-star kicker Ben Grogan (Arlington, Texas/Martin).

On a team that has been very good in scoring touchdowns all season, Grogan had the chance to show off his leg, connecting on six field goals in a win against Fort Worth (Texas) North Crowley. Of those six, three were from beyond 50 yards. A 56-yarder with 1:25 left in the second quarter -- one with no wind support -- was Grogan’s career best.

“I’d say that’s the best game I’ve ever had, definitely,” Grogan said.

For the year, Grogan has made 27 extra points and has connected on 8 of 10 field goals, the two misses coming from 45 and 49 yards. His two prior made field goals included a 23-yard, game-winner in an overtime victory on Sept. 14 and a 43-yarder on Oct. 5 that originally was his longest.

Grogan, 6-foot-1 and 177 pounds, is still looking to land his first offer, but he said he has been hearing from several schools, including Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Boise State. Oklahoma State has been the most recent program to contact him.

The recruiting process, however, hasn’t been overly expeditious. As it begins to pick up, Grogan said he will focus on being a key component in Martin’s special teams game.

“I’m not really frustrated,” he said of the process. “I’m just happy that people are showing interest. I’m just waiting to see what happens.”