OU football: Geneo Grissom's high school coach thinks sophomore will impress at tight end
The move of Geneo Grissom from defensive end to tight end was met with questioning since the Sooners just lost DEs Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis to the NFL. But his high school coach thinks fans fill be ‘more than pleasantly surprised' with the sophomore's play.
NORMAN — When Oklahoma updated its official football roster online last Wednesday night, one long-rumored position change was confirmed.
Geneo Grissom, a 6-foot-4, 247-pound third-string defensive end last season, was moved to tight end.
Position: Tight end
Weight: 247 pounds
Hometown: Hutchinson, Kan.
Bio: Committed to Kansas throughout his senior year of high school, but opened his recruiting back up after then-KU coach Mark Mangino faced allegations of player abuse. ... Was rated Kansas' third-best recruit in the class of 2010, behind fellow OU signees Justin McCay (WR) and Blake Bell (QB). McCay has since transferred to KU. ... Redshirted as a true freshman because of a stress fracture in foot, then suffered the same injury in his other foot earlier this year, causing him to miss most of spring football.
The news was quickly met with questioning and criticism by some OU faithful. Why move an athletic, promising defensive end when the position just lost two All-Big 12 selections to the NFL?
A fair question, to be sure. Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis left big shoes to be filled, and coaches have praised Grissom, who was expected to be in the rotation as a sophomore.
He saw action in six games and recorded five tackles as a redshirt freshman last season.
Grissom's high school coach, for his part, thinks Oklahoma fans will be “more than pleasantly surprised” with his former pupil's performance at tight end.
Randy Dreiling, coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) High, always used Grissom as the second tight end in two-tight end sets, he said. Hutchinson employs a run-first offense.
“He was a ferocious blocker,” Dreiling said. “I think it's a pretty natural move, given his body.
“He's got incredible hands, and his arms are so long.”
Dreiling remembered one game during Grissom's senior year when he was going out for a pass, ran through a safety and caught a “tremendous” touchdown pass that was called back for offensive pass interference.
Still, Grissom was primarily a defensive player at Hutchinson. He recorded 72 tackles (21 for loss) and 6.5 sacks during his senior year, when his school won its sixth straight Kansas state championship.
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