February 18, 2008

Groy makes it official

Ryan Groy has made it official.

Early this evening, BadgerBlitz.com received a call from the 2009 prospect stating he had officially become the third in-state recruit to commit to Bret Bielema and the University of Wisconsin.

"I did it, I committed today," said Groy, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman from Middleton (Wis.). "I just got off the phone with Coach Bielema, he was really excited. He said I made his day. He was really pumped.

"I also called Coach Bob Bostad and left a message with him. "I'm expecting a call back from him anytime now."

A multi-talented lineman, Groy has the potential to play any position along the offensive line. However, as of this evening, the coaching staff still wasn't willing to label Groy a guard or tackle.

"I asked him what positions I could potentially play," Groy explained. "He (Bielema) said I have the size to play tackle and the speed to play guard. So, he doesn't know yet, we'll determine that once I get on the practice field."

With his commitment this evening, Groy joins Jordan Kohout and Shelby Harris, both from the state of Wisconsin, as the building blocks for UW's 2009 recruiting class.

"I wasn't able to talk to Shelby," Groy said. "I talked Jordan; we're both really excited to be Badgers. He said congratulations on the commit."

Before Groy called Bielema to officially pledge, he had a little business to take care of after school.

"My coach and I decided to do a bunch of testing and stuff," Groy said. "We did the 40-yard dash, pro agility, vertical and I maxed out on bench, squat and clean.

"My 40-yard dash was 4.9 seconds, pro agility was 4.4 seconds and my vertical was 27.5. As for the weight room, my squat was 500 pounds, my bench was 360 pounds and I had a 350-pound clean."

A Wisconsin State Journal honorable-mention all-area and first-team all-conference selection as a junior, Groy was beginning to receive interest from several other Big Ten schools.

"I was hearing from Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa," he said. "Those schools didn't extend any offers or anything yet. They were just showing strong interest."

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