"[He was telling me] how they need a tight end," said Gronkowski. "He was saying how it's a good school to go to, not just football wise, but academic wise, too."
Gronkowski then toured the business school followed by an up-close look at the football facilities, including the weight room, the fields, academic center, and player lounge.
"It was great," said Gronkowski of what he saw. "It was better than I thought it would be like."
Coach Frank Cignetti then hosted Gronkowski for a presentation of the new offensive system the Tar Heels will employ this fall including a film session.
"I like their offense; I like how they use their tight ends—they always have two on the field," said Gronkowski. "They would use me as a mixture of both [types of tight end]—catching and blocking."
The visit then concluded with a visit to Franklin Street and a meal with most of the coaching staff.
In no order, Gronkowski currently favors Arizona, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Syracuse. He hopes to eliminate one school from that list before the start of his senior season, and then take official visits to each of his final five schools after the season. Following the completion of his official visits, he plans to make a verbal commitment.
According to Gronkowski, the odds that North Carolina is among the five are "pretty good."
"I like them a lot," said Gronkowski regarding UNC. "I really like their academics and their business school. They have a nice business school."
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.