May 13, 2010

Late Sooner Commitment Ready for Norman

While his senior year started quietly with an early commitment to Kansas, Geneo Grissom that looking back he can hardly believe it's almost over. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound pass-rusher committed early to the Jayhawks but after the departure of former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino he opened things back up before eventually casting his lot with the Sooners in mid-January.

As he reflects on his senior year that was two months of chaos surrounded by seven months of being virtually a normal high school guy. After he made his commitment to Oklahoma the Rivals250 member got to enjoy a bit of calm.

"My senior year, it flew by, I can't believe it's almost over. It's just crazy," Grissom said. "It felt good, I kind of miss it all now, it all happened way too fast for me but I'm ready for the school year to be over.

"When I committed to Oklahoma, it was literally like a weight was lifted off my shoulders, I went to school the next day and had the best day ever."

At the time of his commitment to the Sooners Grissom was fully engulfed in his basketball season but is now simply focusing on his workouts from Sooner strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt. However after the season he did have one final hurrah on the basketball court.

In a tradition for his county, the county's best players face against Kansas' basketball's outgoing seniors, including All-American point guard Sherron Collins.

"We actually lost to McPherson in sub-state, I guess it would also be called regionals. I felt like I had a pretty good season. I don't know if I liked 'hack-a-shaq' or whatever and I was always in foul trouble," he laughed.

"Then we had our Kansas barnstorm game, we have seniors from the Kansas roster come down and play an all-star game against the Reno best basketball players. That was a lot of fun, I had a blast.

"(Collins) gave me a hard time, told me I should have went to Kansas. But it was something that I'll never forget."

For his efforts during the season Grissom was honored as all-league to follow up on his all-state honors in football. But now as he turns his focus towards Norman he knows he'll be arriving on campus on June 5, one day after his birthday.

He also is already aware of who his likely roommate will be and though the two are from different parts of the world they are getting to know each other and have been for several months.

"I'm going to be rooming with Aaron Franklin, we actually text a lot from here and there. We are just seeing how each other are doing, wishing each other happy holidays and we're already starting to bond," he said.

Almost as important as his bonds with his former teammates is his bond with his future coach Bobby Jack Wright. Interestingly it's not the same coach he dealt with for much of his recruitment although that doesn't seem to bother Grissom.

"After signing day I did go down and visited and got to meet coach Wright and hang out a little bit so I kind of know what I'm getting myself into."

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