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January 26, 2012

Three-star will walk-on at Tech

Tyler (Texas) Lee center Conner Grooms has committed to play football at Texas Tech. The three-star standout hosted Tommy Tuberville and Neal Brown today, and accepted the Red Raiders' preferred walk-on offer.

The decision was a no-brainer for Grooms, as he grew up rooting for Tech and has extensive family ties to the South Plains.

"Both of my dad's parents, both of my parents and one of my brothers have graduated from there, and then I have one brother who's a freshman there right now," Grooms said. "It kind of runs in the family. It feels like home, I've been going out there forever. It's really been my dream (to play for Tech)."

The Red Raiders head into the 2012 season with very little experience at the center position, so the 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect should have a great chance to get on the field and earn a scholarship.

"They said right now they have two guys that can snap the ball. They want to use me at center," Grooms said. "They told me I can earn a scholarship if I get in the rotation or on the field."

Grooms chose Tech over scholarship offers from Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and others; he took an official visit to Ruston, La. earlier this month.

"They really wanted me to come there," he said. "I went on an official visit. It wasn't Texas Tech, it didn't feel like home."

Last week, at Lee's annual football banquet, Grooms was named team MVP.


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