Gronkowski, a 6-foot-6 235-pound tight end, transferred from Williamsville (N.Y.) North about a month ago, but was declared ineligible by the WPIAL board of directors a week before the start of the season. They ruled that the transfer was for athletic purposes.
The PIAA overturned the decision a few days later, but Gronkowski still had to sit out the season opener for a suspension he was serving with his previous school.
Gronkowski has adjusted quickly to his new environment.
"First, I didn't know what to expect, but now it's just like I'm part of the team and I belong there," said Gronkowski. "I completely learned the offense in one or two days, and got used to it right away. I'm going to be a balanced [tight end] in the offense – I will catch and block."
With his transfer, Gronkowski has obviously made new friends. One of those friends being fellow Division I-A recruit, Mike Dykes, who verbally committed to North Carolina over the summer.
"We talk everyday – I play next to him on the [offensive] line so we're pretty good buddies," said Gronkowski. "Yea, [he's recruiting me for UNC]. He just tells me it's a good place to be."
In addition to the Tar Heels, Gronkowski lists Arizona, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State, and Syracuse as his final schools.
With his senior football season taking priority, Gronkowski won't place an emphasis on his recruitment until after the season.
"I'm just going to be going to some games," said Gronkowski. "I just got back from the Maryland game [Sunday]. I'm going to probably be going to a Clemson game and a North Carolina game."
Unofficially, Gronkowski is looking to attend the Clemson-Maryland game in Death Valley. He has yet singled out a game at North Carolina.
After his senior football season, Gronkowski will take his five allotted official visits and make his collegiate decision shortly thereafter. In the meantime, he's looking to contribute to Woodland Hills' championship efforts.