LM Rocco Cironi Looking Forward to Visit from U-M

Warren G. Harding High School is already home to one Michigan commitment this year. Wide receiver <b>Mario Manningham</b> made the pledge to the Wolverines in February. Will his teammate, offensive lineman <b>Rocco Cironi</b> join in him Ann Arbor? <br><br> Two Michigan coaches will be at Harding on Thursday to take a look at Cironi. He spoke with GoBlueWolverine Magazine about the upcoming visit.

When offensive lineman Rocco Cironi was at the Michigan camp this past summer he was just another 6 foot 6, 260-pound lineman. The Michigan staff politely thanked him for coming and moved on.

When Cironi showed up in Ann Arbor for Saturday's game against Michigan State the U-M staff took a double-take. "They saw that I had grown from my camp size," Cironi said. "I'm now 6-7, 280-pounds and they became interested. Coach Carr and Coach Loeffler are coming down here Thursday to look at some tape and talk to me some more. Coach Loeffler is friends with our basketball coach so I think they're going to meet up, then they'll come watch our practice."

Cironi reports offers from Kansas, Michigan State, Indiana, Cincinnati, and several Mid-American Conference schools. He said his desire is to play in the Big Ten and the wish could come true with an offer from the Wolverines. "If they offered I would commit on the spot," he said. "I love Michigan and I've been friends with Mario since we were little. I went up for the Michigan - Ohio State game last year and once I saw all those people I knew it was where I wanted to play."

The growing stud has official visits set up with Indiana on Dec. 3, Kansas on Dec. 10, and Michigan State on Dec. 17. He said he would cancel them if the Michigan offer comes through.

Cironi plays tackle for Harding and wants to stay there in college. "Some schools are recruiting me for guard," he said. "Michgian is looking at me for tackle."

Even though the big man is from Ohio, he is practicing his Michigan - Ohio State smack-taling skills. Harding goes up against Lakewood St. Edwards Friday, home to Ohio State commitment Alex Boone. "I hate that guy," Cironi said, laughing. "We talk on the phone and give each other a pretty hard time, it's all in fun."

Reporting a 3.0 grade-point-average along with an 18 on the ACT, Cironi said he wants to major in business.

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