Grosso Likes What Duke Is Saying

New Jersey lineman Anthony Grosso's first scholarship offer came courtesy of head coach Ted Roof and the rest of the Duke staff. That was in March. Since that time the 6-foot-7, 290 pounder has picked up an additional offer and has high majors evaluating him rapidly.

"Right now I've got offers from Duke and Rutgers," says Anthony Grosso. "And I am hearing a lot from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Maryland, and North Carolina. I've also gotten a lot of mail and messages from the Pac 10."

Though it's early on in his recruiting process, Grosso has already visited Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Rutgers, and has come away with favorable impressions of each school. However, the visit to Durham really stood out in his mind.

"I'm pretty high on Duke and what they have to offer down there. They are a top flight academic school, and they play in the ACC. The opportunity to play ACC football while getting a degree will set you up for life no matter what happens with football is very appealing to me. Plus, Duke is not too far from home, but it's also not too close."

As with many Blue Devil recruits, Grosso is being pitched the idea of bolstering the massive turn around effort in Durham. And, like many recruits, the idea of competing for early playing time in the nation's premier football conference is appealing.

"That's certainly something the coaches have talked to a lot about. The program has been down for the last couple of years, and they have to recruit a new kind of player. Those players are going to have a chance to step in early and play. It's a great opportunity."

Measuring in at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds, Grosso says he's being recruited primarily to play left tackle at the next level, and that he's already identified what he needs to improve in order to become a viable high level lineman at the next level.

"I know a lot of people describe themselves as having good speed, but I really think that's true of me. I am always working on my speed and agility, as well as concentrating on developing better footwork. I pride myself on my work ethic and know that if I continue to put the time in, I'll make the kind of progress I want."

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