With roughly three weeks remaining until signing day, high three-star offensive lineman Conner Grooms (Tyler, Texas/Robert E. Lee) can safely and honestly say that he is unsure about what he wants to do from a recruiting aspect.
That’s because several of the schools that have either offered or have expressed interest in him have had coaching changes in the past weeks, and Grooms is uncertain if he’s still on the lists of schools. He had offers from Houston and Kansas before Kevin Sumlin left Houston to coach at Texas A&M and Turner Gill was replaced at Kansas by Charlie Weis.
“As of right now, everything’s pretty much wide open with me,” said Grooms, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior who can play offensive tackle but most likely will line up at center in college. “I’ve been on a few [unofficial] visits, but I just don’t know anything yet.”
Grooms is ranked No. 61 among players in the state of Texas. Graded as an offensive tackle, Grooms is ranked 49th in the country but it's his versatility that makes him such an interesting prospect. He can play center, tackle or guard.
Grooms took his first official visit last weekend to Louisiana Tech and said he enjoyed the trip. Currently, Louisiana Tech and Memphis are showing the most interest. Offensive line coach Pete Perot is his primary recruiter at Louisiana Tech. Offensive line coach Vance Vice is his primary recruiter at Memphis. Grooms has offers from those schools, as well as Minnesota and UTSA.
Grooms added that Baylor has shown interest, and he has taken an unofficial visit to the Waco, Texas, campus. Still, Grooms is adamant about being wide open with his process. He hopes things will become more clear in the next couple of weeks.
“I’ll be honest with you,” Grooms said, “I really have no idea what I’m going to do. I’ve been in contact with some schools. I’m trying to find somewhere that has a real good program, a good recruiting class coming in and good players already there. I want to go someplace that feels like home.”