Posted: 8:35 pm Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Football recruiting: King’s Academy RB Brian Grove commits to Dartmouth 

By Matt Porter

King’s Academy running back Brian Grove was sure he was going to go to an Ivy League school, but he wasn’t sure which one. After visiting Dartmouth last weekend, he decided to play for the Big Green.

“He had a great visit, and that pretty much sealed the deal,” said former King’s Academy coach Craig Dobson, who coached Grove in high school.

Grove (5-10, 195, No. 50 on the Big Board) was also considering Penn, Harvard, Yale and Princeton. He also had offers from The Citadel and Georgia State, a Football Championship Subdivision school, but said he long ago decided to go Ivy. He said his ACT is a 32 and expects to be in the second-highest band of the four-tier Ivy recruiting system.

Dartmouth, which has an early decision commitment from St. Andrew’s tight end Jack Sheehy, gets one of Palm Beach County’s fastest and most productive running backs.

Grove, who has been timed in the low-4.4′s in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 32 touchdowns and 2,988 yards on 440 carries over the last two seasons. His two-year yardage output trails only Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor (5,354) and American Heritage’s Greg Bryant (3,041) among area ballcarriers.

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