January 20, 2011

For Grochowski, it may come down to Army and Florida

The irony of kickers being awarded athletic scholarships is that their contribution is so vital to the course of a day in college football, but pulling in an offer is a very difficult task.

Just ask Daniel Grochowski. Although he has two offers under his belt, the balance of interest is coming from the potential of three preferred walk-on opportunities.

"I'm taking an unofficial visit to Florida on the 29th and an official visit to Army this weekend," shares the 6-foot-3, 210 pound kicker out of Sarasota (FL).
"My top choices … well for me it's Army and Florida, and then Navy, Elon and UCF after that.

When it comes to the Gators, they currently have one scholarship kicker (Sturgis) on their roster. They are bringing in several potential walk-on kicker candidates this weekend and Grochowski on the 29th.

Grochowski will most likely make his college decision after National Signing Day has past. "I don't plan on signing on Signing Day," he shares as he begins to focus on his upcoming visit to Army.

"I'm going up to Army this weekend. It will be my first visit to West Point and I'm excited … I have followed their season.

So what are Grochowski's expectations relative to this weekend's visit to the historic campus? "I know they will show me around the school and show me what West Point is all about … and they plan on handing me my letter of acceptance," he said yesterday."

The talented kicker was quick to point out the exceptional job that defensive tackle coach Clarence Holmes has done recruiting him. "Coach Holmes has been great and hasn't sugar coated anything. I'm very excited about Army. Coach Holmes has done a great job with explaining to me what West Point is all about."

According to Grochowski, he was 100% on point after touchdowns, in addition he was 95% touchback on kickoff and 80% of those went through the back of the zone. I was 8 for 10 on field goals and the longest was a 57 yarder.

"I was ranked at one time on Ray Guy's site as second in the nation," he declares.

"When I went to various combines and camps I have been told by various folks that kickers don't usually get offers and they get walk on spots … that kind of stuff. I'm a surprised somewhat with the lack of interest, but I know that I'm a true D-1 prospect.

I'm cool with it … I'm in no hurry. I have heard a lot from coaches that have said that I'm a D1 kicker, but they just don't have a scholarship for you and I understand that."

So what is Grochowski's current mindset as it relates to narrowing down his choices?
"I'm from Florida, so the Gators are first and I've been a Gator since I could walk, but Army is a strong second. I'm very excited about Army and there is a chance that I will commit there (Army)."


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