Added Wager: “Kickers can be quirky guys, and he's not quirky. His thought process in regards to what he does is very simple, but brilliant.”
Grogan comes from a Martin program that has produced three Division I kickers in six years, including TCU's Jaden Oberkrom, an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2012.
Grogan overtook Oberkrom as the team's starting kicker midway through last season.
As a senior, Grogan made six field goals in one game, including two 52-yarders and a 56-yarder, his career best. Wager insists that anytime Grogan does not record a touchback on a kickoff, it's because he's been instructed to try to pin the opponent inside the 15-yard line. Wager also thinks Grogan might be a better punter than kicker.
So now, Grogan will depart a high school kicking power and move on to a college kicking power, a school that within the past five seasons has produced a Ray Guy winner in Matt Fodge, a Lou Groza winner in Dan Baliey and a two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in Sharp.
Former assistant Doug Meacham was the first OSU coach to scout Grogan. But Grogan particularly liked the emphasis Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy places on special teams, and his involvement in that phase of the game.
He also considered other unique-yet-important factors for a kicker when making his decision to come to Stillwater, such as the configuration of Boone Pickens Stadium and the way the wind blows in the fall.
By Sunday, the YouTube clip of Grogan's drop kick had reached more than 734,000 views.
By the fall, Wager expects Grogan to be kicking or punting — or both — for the Cowboys.
“I don't care if we're talking about kickoffs, field goals or punts,” Wager said, “when the ball comes off of this guy's foot, you can tell by the sound of it that he knows what he's doing. He's good. He's really good.
“I would be shocked if he doesn't make an immediate impact next year, and I have every confidence he'll keep playing (in the NFL) once he graduates from there.”