ECU Keeps Gruber on Radar

2016 Eastern Regional High School (Voorhees, N.J.) center Jacob Gruber stays on ECU's radar going into his senior season.

Jacob Gruber is watching his stock rise after a strong junior season in Voorhees, New Jersey.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman has 130 career pancake blocks, according to Hudl, in just his first 3 seasons at Eastern Regional High School.

Gruber has already visited two American Conference schools, Temple and Connecticut, along with Rutgers and Villanova. Gruber is also drawing interest from East Carolina. Monmouth, and Army; all three he plans on visiting in the near future.

“The recruiting process has been great. I get to see all the colleges that have interest in me and see what I like about those colleges,” Gruber said. “I want to go to a school where I feel like I fit in and where I’m not going to feel uncomfortable.”

ECU benefits from joining the American Conference this past season because of the national recognition they received. While playing more games on national television, it gave recruits that could not travel to Greenville a chance to see them play.

“I’ve watched them on TV this year when they were ranked, as much as I could,” Gruber said.

Geographically speaking, ECU is the furthest school away from New Jersey that Gruber is considering. But he has been drawn to their up-tempo offense.

While Gruber spent most of his time protecting the blindside last season, he said that with his size, standing at 6-foot-3, he projects himself to be a center at the next level.

With a year left to play in high school, Gruber would like to fine tune his skills and prove that he can compete at a Division 1 level. Gruber said that a goal of his next season is to improve his initial punch off the line and working his way up to the second level.

Looking to further get his name out, Gruber plans to attend school camps this summer and visit ECU’s summer camp.

“Hopefully in the camps I can take it to the second level and get myself a scholarship”, said Gruber.

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