There were some concerns that Alabama would have some drop off in recruiting when former secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt left the Tide for the offensive coordinator gig at Florida State. But Groh picked up the mantle with gusto.
He often went into enemy territory and brought back a gem. He is credited with reeling in Altee Tenpenny from Hog country as well as with the late recruitment and signing of former Texas Longhorns commitment A'Shawn Robinson. In addition, he traveled to Pennsylvania to bring in wide receiver Robert Foster.
When Dee Liner started to waver from his commitment to Auburn, it was Groh who showed the Muscle Shoals native that Tuscaloosa was the place for him. I guess you could call him the Craig Kimbrel of recruiting for his closing ability.
Groh is the son of former Virginia Cavaliers and Wake Forest head coach, Al Groh. He joined Nick Saban's staff as a graduate assistant in 2009. After a year as quarterbacks coach at Louisville, he returned to Tuscaloosa to oversee the wide receivers.
Note: Kirby Smart was a runner up for the award by signing Reuben Foster, O.J. Howard, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, and Parker McLeod. Not too shabby.