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Cary-Grove’s 2018 OG/OT Brett Groves recently picked up his first college offer and his hungry for more. We talked schools showing serious interest in him, his offseason work with BOOM football and how he demonstrates leadership on and off the field. You can find Brett on Twitter @bgroves69.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 300 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing any other sports?
BG: This offseason I’ve been working out a lot with my team before school in the mornings and after school. Whether it’s lifting or technique work in the gym I try to stay busy every day. Outside of school I work with BOOM Football and compete in their Trench Warfare competitions. This spring I am also throwing the shot put and discus.
LPI: You just picked up your first offer from Stetson. What was that like? And what skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
BG: Picking up my first offer was very exciting. It was a great feeling. I hadn’t really talked to them much prior so it caught me off guard a little. Skills I can bring to a college program is the ability to be a leader on and off the field. At Cary we take a lot of pride in our leadership and that’s definitely made me who I am today. Stetson also runs some triple option stuff so my experience with that through CG will definitely be a skill that could be beneficial at Stetson.
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
BG: Schools that have been showing interest are Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Brown, Colgate, and some D2 schools like Sioux falls, Minnesota Duluth, and West Virginia Wesleyan.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
BG: I have visited Illinois State and plan on going to Southern April 8th. This summer I’m going up to North Dakota State, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, and Northwestern for school camps. I will be attending the Lemming Prep Insider Showcase at the end of this month as well.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
BG: On the field I try to lead by example, always giving it my all and showing younger players how we practice and play. Off the field, I try to build relationships with all my teammates and get to know them more. Whether it’s in school, the weight room, or on the weekends I try to get involved with my teammates and push them to do their best.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
BG: There’s a few here at Cary…
Colton Ruhland – Is the first that comes to mind. Easily the hardest working kid I have ever met, which really shows on the field. He is a 2018 class center and is a great leader on and off the field.
Addison West – 2019 tackle that is super athletic and a great younger athlete. He is already a great player and has so much potential to be one of the best.
Max Skol – A 2018 running back/linebacker. His combination of strength and speed is incredible.