The beginning of the most recent contact period on September 1 signaled an uptick in recruitment for many junior prospects, one among them being Midland (Texas) Greenland lineman Matthew Groeschel. Now that he is allowed to communicate more regularly with coaches, Groeschel has fielded interest from several Power Five schools, even earning his first offer from Purdue.
“It’s an honor to have a Division I school be your first offer,” Groeschel told Today’s U. “I know that they offer a great education along with a great football program.”
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The state of Texas continuously produces quality blockers on the offensive line, and Groeschel is one of its better recruits in the 2018 class. Groeschel checks in at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, so it is evident why the Boilermakers would be kicking the tires on a prospect deep in the state of Texas– and it may pay off soon. Groeschel says he is hoping to make an unofficial visit to Purdue soon if it is possible.
“I would love to,” Groeschel told Today’s U. “I just am trying to plan on where I want to go visit right now. My mom and I are planning on going to Oklahoma this weekend, then Texas Tech and SMU are next on the list, along with Tulsa.”
What this means for Purdue is they may have to wait a bit before hosting Groeschel on campus, but the aggressive blocker still plans to make a trip there if all goes as planned. As for a school he will check out much sooner, Oklahoma, Groeschel is eagerly anticipating the crowd’s support during OU’s the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
“The atmosphere there is unreal,” Groeschel said. “It’s so loud it shakes your whole body.”
While on his visit, Groeschel will have the opportunity to touch base with the Sooners’ coaching staff, with includes the headman, Bob Stoops. According to Groeschel, the Oklahoma staff already sits in high standing for him, partly due to its reputation for putting out NFL-caliber players at his position.
“I think the staff is awesome,” Groeschel said. “Coach Stoops is an awesome coach, and they have had a lot of good lineman come out of there program.”
In addition to Purdue and Oklahoma, Groeschel also reports hearing from Florida State since September 1st. The Seminoles, though, are not currently on the Texas native’s visit schedule, a time in which Groeschel will be evaluating his potential fit in a school’s offensive attack.
“I would like to be a part of a balanced offense because both my run and pass blocking are good,” Groeschel said.
Like Groeschel said, he has shown competency in both run blocking and pass protection, but the Purdue offeree really makes his mark when clearing the way for his team’s ballcarriers. Groeschel has a menacing nature when finishing his blocks, and he also sinks his hips well and gets good back extension when engaging in blocks, all traits that are encouraging coming from a junior recruit in the eyes of college coaches.
Over the offseason, Groeschel aimed to lose some extra weight from his frame while increasing his foot speed. This should help Groeschel come off the ball quicker, so more Power Five teams should come into play for the Texas recruit over the next two seasons.