Camps at Maryland and Syracuse are the only unofficial visits Gronkowski has taken thus far. In addition to his trip to Chapel Hill, the Williamsville (N.Y.) North High School product will unofficially visit Clemson and Ohio State.
With visits still on tap, Gronkowski remains in the research stages of his recruitment but has established a soft list of favorites.
"I like the looks of Arizona, Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina, Penn State, [and] Syracuse, but I'm still open," said Gronkowski. "Right before the season starts [I'll have a firm five]."
After taking all five of his official visits, Gronkowski will make a verbal commitment after his senior football season.
While Gronkowski has yet to take his first steps in Chapel Hill, the most attractive thing about North Carolina, right now, is the strong recruiting class the coaching staff is assembling.
"North Carolina, with the recruiting – the people they are getting [commitments from] – it seems like a good place to be," said Gronkowski. "I like the offensive commitments with the running back, wide receiver, and quarterback commitments. It's just showing that the offense is going to be a big weapon."
Speaking of the Tar Heels' quarterback commitment, Gronkowski talks to Mike Paulus once a week. He also keeps in constant contact with his primary recruiter, Dave Brock.
Additionally, Gronkowski has begun to talk more with North Carolina's new offensive coordinator, Frank Cignetti, who has discussed with him the new offense the Tar Heels will employ this fall.
"They want a tight end that can catch and block," said Gronkowski. "They basically want the tight end to be a weapon on the offense."
A Scout.com five-star prospect, Gronkowski is the No. 2-ranked tight end and the 44th ranked recruit overall in the nation by Scout.com.
During his junior season, Gronkowski caught 36 passes for 648 yards and seven touchdowns earning All-Western New York and Second Team All-State honors. On defense he added 73 tackles including five for a loss and six sacks, and forced two fumbles.