Maybe Frazier [and Bobby Taylor] will be joining Grothe in two years.
A BRAVE NEW WORLD
Despite rumors to the contrary, Grothe was solid all along. The Ledger's two-time offensive player of the year confirmed his commitment to South Florida when he signed his letter-of-intent.
He was joined at the signing party by teammates defensive back Marvin Clecidor (Lafayette) and wide receiver Roger Frazier (Hutchinson CC).
Grothe committed to USF before the season started and had to fend off heavy interest from schools such as South Carolina as he led the Braves to a 13-2 season.
"Different schools called and wanted me to take visits," he said. "But I was solid."
And in two years, Grothe hopes USF is where Frazier, his favorite target, wants to be as well.
"I'm definitely going to be keeping tabs on him," Grothe said.
Frazier and Clecidor, however, both decided to go out of state. Clecidor fielded offers from Lehigh, another school in the Patriot League, and even drew interest from Illinois before making his choice.
"It's a relief more than anything else," Clecidor said. "I'm excited to go to Lafayette. It's an opportunity to play more football and get a real good education."
Frazier chose Hutchinson over Georgia Military School and is looking forward to leaving the state for a little while.
"It's going to be nice to get out of Florida," he said. "My brother lives about an hour away so I'll have someone close by to talk to."
Frazier also took the opportunity to openly lobby for his teammate, Bobby Taylor, to join him. Taylor is going visit Georgia Military this week before deciding.
The outgoing group went 35-8 with two appearances in the state finals during the past three seasons.
"It's been lot of fun these past few years," said Lake Gibson principal Ralph Gilchrest.