Commitment Betters Chances with Gronkowski

While Lansford Watson's verbal commitment to Maryland doesn't end the Terrapins' chances with Rob Gronkowski, it may give North Carolina a slightly better shot.

"He's more of an H-back tight end, I'm more of a true tight end and Maryland plays them both at the same time," said Gronkowski. "It does [help UNC] a little, though."

Gronkowski, 6-foot-6 235-pounder from Williamsville (N.Y.) North, currently lists Arizona, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Syracuse as his favorites. The five-star prospect doesn't foresee any further alterations to that list until he makes his final decision after the season.

"I think keeping it at six is good," said Gronkowski. "I'm just going to go to a couple of games. Like a couple Maryland games, a Clemson game, an Arizona game, a North Carolina game, and see how they are and how the experience is."

For the most part, Gronkowski will play his game schedule week-by-week, but has the Maryland versus Clemson and Arizona versus Southern Cal games circled on his calendar. Five of the games he attends will be designated official visits.

After a recent unofficial visit to Columbus, Gronkowski has now visited the campuses of each one of his favorite schools.

"It went pretty good," said Gronkowski. "I already knew who they were and how good of a team they are, but I'd never been there. The place was pretty good."

Currently, Gronkowski is enjoying a slight break as practice for his senior football season doesn't begin until August 14th. His season kicks off September 1st against West Seneca (N.Y.) West.

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.

According to, Gronkowski is the No. 2-ranked tight end and the 44th ranked recruit overall in the nation by

Rob Gronkowski Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories