Sleeper DL Favors UM

Glenn Gress isn't your typical high school football player. His training routine isn't what you would call ordinary.

"I spent two hours a day training, six times a week," Gress said. "The first hour I work out on my own and the second hour, I train with a track coach from the University of Scranton. It's pretty intense."

Glenn Gress, who also plays in his church basketball league, believes that's one of the reasons why he's different than a lot of other players.

"I think that separates me from a lot of kids," he said. "I don't know of too many kids doing that type of training. My work ethic is really good, I think."

Gress, a rising senior at Scranton Prep High School in Pennsylvania, is coming off an excellent junior season.

"I started my sophomore year on defense and last year I played both ways," he said. "I was All-Conference on defense. I feel like I'm going to have an outstanding senior season."

Gress, 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, says he's trying to get bigger for the start of his senior season.

"I'm a little undersized but I think I make it up with my strength," he said. "I can put up 345 on the bench and I can power clean 265."

His size shouldn't be too much of a problem. At 17, Gress's father (also named Glenn) is huge.

"My father is 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds," he said. "He actually played defensive line for the Miami Hurricanes back in the 70s."

The talented lineman, who carries a 2.8 core GPA and will test for the first time on April 1, is getting recruited by several Div 1 programs already. He's still waiting on his first written offer, however.

"I get regular mail from about five or six big schools," he said. "Number one on my list is definitely Miami. It's funny, I was getting a lot of stuff from Coach Palermo at Wisconsin but then when he took the job at Miami, I started getting a lot more from Miami and less from Wisconsin."

Gress, who plans to attend the All-American Combine at Rutgers on April 23, flew down for Junior Day at UM a few weeks ago.

"My dad sent my tape down there and it wasn't too much later that they sent me an invitation to Junior Day," he said. "I flew out after school that Friday. I waited till then because I have perfect attendance in high school and I didn't want to miss any school that day."

Gress enjoyed the entire day that particular Saturday. He provided details of that day.

"I showed up in the morning," he said. "I noticed a few kids bigger than me but I think I matched up with all of them on strength. I met JP (Coach Palermo). He's a real cool guy. He's from Long Island. I watched the players from Miami do their testing for the NFL scouts. I saw Hester running the 40. I got a picture with Deion Sanders and that was really awesome. I got a chance to go into Coach Coker's office. He's a great man. I had a chance to see the facilities, the school, and all that. It's a really awesome place. Miami is amazing."

Gress, who camped at UM from 5th through 9th grade, is hoping the Canes come through with an offer.

"They want to see me perform somewhere," he said. "I might go back to their camp but I might just wait to send them a couple games from this coming season. After they see my senior tape, I'm confident they'll offer."

Gress is getting interest from several other Div. 1 programs as well.

"Number two on my list would be Georgia Tech," he said. "They're sending me a lot of stuff and I took a virtual tour of their school on the Internet. I'm also getting stuff from Wisconsin, Syracuse, Maryland, and Cincinnati. I feel like once I go to a couple camps and combines this spring and summer, my name will get out there more."

Despite how much recognition he gets later in the year, there's one school he has his eyes on.

"If Miami offers me, I'll take it in a second," he said. "My went there. I loved it there. I really like the coaches. The competition there is incredible. I've been going to games there since the Orange Bowl in 1995, which was my first. I love it there but just in case that doesn't work out, I'm keeping my options open to other schools."

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