June 23, 2008

Groy reflects on Badger camp

It's been quite some time since Ryan Groy gave his verbal commitment to become part of Wisconsin's 2009 recruiting class.

Monday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught with the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman to recap his experience last weekend at UW's first high school camp of the summer.

The following is a question and answer segment with the Middleton, Wis., three-star prospect:

Is it possible for you to give us a brief summary of what you did last weekend at camp?

Groy: The first day we arrived we all started out by getting situated in our rooms. At night everyone went through testing. We got our height and weight, ran the 40, pro-agility and tested in the broad jump. After testing we had an hour practice just to get situated.

The next two days we had practices in the morning and afternoon for two hours. The offensive line and defensive line would start out separately, but would come together later on in practice for one-on-one drills. At night we'd all go lift and watch film.

Do you recall and of your testing numbers?

Groy: In the 40 I ran a 5.09. My broad jump was 8 feet, 8 inches. My pro-agility was 5.5 and I measured in at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds.

Do you feel you were able to stack up against the competition?

Groy: Yeah, I felt I did pretty well. Jordan Kohout and I were the top players there, so we were going head-to-head quite a bit. So that was pretty fun.
It was mainly friendly competition. We roomed together as well, so it was a good time.

You mentioned you roomed with fellow Badger commit Jordan Kohout. How is your relationship with him?

Groy: We're pretty close. We've been in touch a lot since we committed. And we've talked to other guys who have gotten offers, trying to convince them to commit, too. We've took some extra time to show some of those guys around. We get along great and it should be fun.

Who are some of the prospects you tried convincing to become Badgers while at camp?

Groy: Jordan and I had Brent Qvale come up to our room a few times to hang out. We also ate dinner and lunch with him a couple times. So, we got to know him pretty well, and we tried to talk him into picking Wisconsin.

Did anyone impress you at camp?

Groy: Of the in-state guys, Tyler Dippel was good. He played a lot better than I thought we would on the defensive line. It was his first time he ever played on the line, but he was really good.
As for guys for out-of-state, Brent Qvale from North Dakota was really impressive.

Were you able to speak with any of the coaches while at camp?

Groy: Yeah, I spoke with Coach (Bob) Bostad and Coach (Bret) Bielema a lot. I feel our relationship has become pretty strong over time. They are both really nice guys and are really easy to talk to.

Since your commitment to Wisconsin, have any schools continued to stay in contact?

Groy: It's been pretty slow since then, I've receive some mail from Purdue, Stanford and Minnesota still. Also a little bit from Michigan, other than that it's been pretty slow.

Groy is in the process of putting a junior highlight tape together that will be sent to BadgerBlitz.com once completed

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