March 6, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head football coach Joe Glenn continues to add quality signees to his first recruiting class at UW. Glenn announced today the signing of two more student-athletes to national letters of intent. Jacob Doss of Lexington, Ky., and Mike Groover of Boulder, Colo., have both signed letters of intent to attend Wyoming.
Jacob Doss is a 6-2, 210-pound quarterback from Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Ky., Doss was one of the top high-school football players in Kentucky over the past three seasons. He was named to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Elite 22 his senior year, earned All-State honors from the Louisville Courier-Journal, was a finalist for the "Mr. Football" award in the state of Kentucky and was named District Player of the Year. Over his three seasons as the starting quarterback, Doss led Lexington Catholic to a 38-5 record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs as a senior. He threw for a combined 8,034 yards in three seasons, completing 470 of 768 (.612) passes. He also threw for 112 touchdowns, while having only 27 passes intercepted -- a ratio of 4.1 TD passes to every one interception. As a senior, Doss threw for 2,946 yards, completing 170 of 240 (.708) passes, including 43 touchdowns and only four interceptions -- a ratio of 10.8 TD passes to every one interception. He set a new Kentucky state record, completing at least one touchdown pass in 39 consecutive games during his career. That shattered the previous record held by current NFL quarterback Tim Couch of the Cleveland Browns. Couch threw at least one TD pass in 30 consecutive high school games as a prep standout in the state of Kentucky. Doss was coached in high school by Bob Sphire. Doss is also a baseball player.
The son of Karen and Jeff Doss, he was also recruited by Notre Dame, Michigan State and Mississippi. Doss did not make any official recruiting visits prior to the Feb. 5, 2003, signing day due to his mother becoming ill on Dec. 16. She underwent surgery two days later to remove a tumor from her abdomen, a tumor that was later determined to be benign. Doss' mother is now fine, but was in the hospital for 29 days. During that time, Doss chose not to take recruiting visits he had scheduled to Michigan State and Mississippi.
"We continue to be amazed by the athletes who are out there," said Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn. "We have spent a lot of time trying to find the right young men to fit into our program. Luckily for us, Jacob (Doss) had certain circumstances that prevented him from completing the recruiting process by signing day in early February. It worked out that we were a fit for Jacob, and he was a fit for us. Obviously by his numbers, you can see that he is a productive quarterback. After meeting him on his visit here, I could tell right away that he was a smart, poised young man. He will be a great shot in the arm for Wyoming Football. He has played in an offense in high school that is just like ours -- a spread, West-Coast style offense. Anytime you throw 43 touchdowns in a season and only have four interceptions, you have to be very intelligent and know what you're doing. He also has proven that he is a winner, leading his team to a 38-5 record. I believe we got a great competitor, an excellent quarterback and a young man who knows how to win."
Mike Groover is a 6-3, 220-pound defensive end who played his high school football at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. Groover earned First Team All-Colorado honors for all classifications as a high school senior in the fall of 2001. He also was named First Team All-Class 5A, First Team All-Centennial League and was selected his team's Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior. He led Fairview High School to the 2001 5A State Championship game, before losing to Chatfield 9-3 in the championship game. He was coached in high school by Tom McCartney at Fairview High. Groover was also a baseball player in high school.
Originally recruited by Wyoming a year ago, Groover decided to attend the University of Colorado part-time this past fall with hopes of being a member of CU's 2003 signing class. When that didn't occur, he decided that Wyoming was where he wanted to pursue his college football career.
He is the son of Karen and Tom Groover.
"Mike (Groover) is an outstanding young man, who we are glad has decided to join our football program," said Glenn. "He was one of the top players in the state of Colorado his senior year. He has an excellent frame, and I believe a bright future in the college game. He passed on Wyoming a year ago with the idea of gray-shirting and earning a scholarship at the University of Colorado this past spring. When that didn't materialize, he then revisited Wyoming and made the decision to become a Cowboy. He is a Wyoming type football player. He's rugged. He is a good pass rusher off the edge, and is also a good run defender. He is a tough, physical kid. We couldn't be more happy to have him joining our program."
With the signing of Doss and Groover, Wyoming has now signed 22 student-athletes to national letters of intent --21 high school players and one junior college transfer. The original 18 signings were announced on Feb. 5, 2003, the first day student-athletes could sign national letters of intent. The national signing period runs through April 1.