Early Enrollee Set To Join 'Cats in January

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Glenn Gronkowski is another player in a trend across the country on early enrollee's who graduated from High School Early and show up on campus in January

Glenn Gronkowski is one of the players in Kansas State's recruiting class of 2011 set to join the team in January. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete from the Buffalo area has made the most of the time off to bulk up to better fit his new position in the Wildcat offense.

"I'm trying to get bigger," said Glenn Gronkowski. "During the summer I moved to fullback as my primary position. My goal is to be at 245 (pounds) going into the spring practice. I've gained close to 20 pounds. Right now, I'm somewhere between 230 and 235."

Gronkowski played wide receiver and safety at Williamsville North High School in Amherst, NY. He had more than 2,000 receiving yards for his high school career. It was his decision, however, to make the move to fullback.

"At my size, I felt like my best chance to make it to the next level would either be as a fullback or a linebacker," Gronkowski stated. "Over the summer I just learned a lot of the basics.

"In the spring, I want to keep learning how to play the position so I can move up and get on the field. Braden Wilson, the fullback they have starting, is just a junior. I'll probably have to wait a year or two [to start], but hopefully I can make an impact on special teams."

Gronkowski went to the Kansas State-Missouri game and was able to watch most of the Wildcat games this season on TV. He was excited to see his teammates put together a 10-2 regular season and a 2nd place finish in the Big 12.

"They've done awesome," Gronkowski said. "They were projected second to last in the Big 12 pre-season. To make it to the Cotton Bowl is crazy. The coaching staff must be doing something right. Coach Snyder just continues to win. It's pretty legit what he's been able to accomplish at K-State over the years."

Kansas State's recruitment of Glenn Grokowski got a big boost from Offensive Coordinator Dana Dimel. He coached Glenn's older brothers, Rob and Chris, while at Arizona. They both gave their younger brother a ringing endorsement of Dimel and what he could do for his football career. Both Rob and Chris are currently in the NFL.

"Everything they told me about Coach Dimel was good," said Gronkowski. "We have a close relationship. He'll call me once in a while, but they're all so busy with the season. My only other offer was from Buffalo, but I kind of wanted to get away from home for college.

"It's going to be a fun four years. The city of Manhattan is 50,000 people, but they sell out a stadium that holds 50,000. The support the team gets from the community is unbelievable."

Gronknowski says he stays in contact with teammates via Facebook and is letting them know he'll be there for good on January 15th.

On weekends he watches his brothers, Rob with the New England Patriots, and Chris with the Indianapolis Colts. Other brothers include Dan, who played three years in the NFL, and Gordie Jr., who played in the L.A. Angels organization. His father, Gordon, was an offensive lineman at Syracuse University.

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