Gronkowski Plans To Take In Thee Game

A four-star tight end, Rob Gronkowski just might be the only tight end that Ohio State has a genuine interest in this season. The Woodland Hills product, whose interest in Ohio State is "pretty high", will be in attendance at the Ohio State-Michigan game this weekend and he's looking forward to seeing a "crazy game" and he's hoping it will be a "great atmosphere."

Count Rob Gronkowski among those who plan on being in attendance at Ohio Stadium on Saturday to see the Ohio State versus Michigan game.

"Yeah I'll be there," said Gronkowski, a four-star tight end from Woodland Hills (Pa.) High School. "It's going to be a crazy game I think."

It will be an unofficial visit to Ohio State for Gronkowski, who, thus far, has only made one official visit to Syracuse at the end of September.

"I'm going to the game just to check it out and see how Ohio State is," Gronkowski said. "I want to check out the atmosphere there and stuff."

And what exactly is his level of interest in Ohio State at this time?

"Pretty high," Gronkowski said.

But Ohio State is not the only school that Gronkowski is interested in. In addition to his Syracuse visit where his father lettered three years there as an offensive guard, Gronkowski has been on an unofficial visit to Clemson to see a game and to Arizona to see a game. And with two of his brothers playing for the University of Maryland, Gronkowski has been there on numerous occasions.

"The last school that I'm going to go to for a game is to Ohio State to check that out," Gronkowski said. "Then I'll take more officials in December and January."

He currently has no time frame for making any commitment or how he's going to go about doing it.

"It's like whenever I feel is the best time to commit is when I'll do it," Gronkowski said.

The rugged 6-6, 250-pound tight end played for the Wolverines after transferring there from North High School in Williamsville, N.Y. Woodland Hills, who sent Devon Lyons to Ohio State, lost to North Allegheny 24-17 in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL football playoffs last weekend.

"My dad moved down here for his business this year so I just came down with him to play football down here," Gronkowski said. "He just chose the school Woodland Hills to be it."

Gronkowski was a two-way starter with the varsity back home in New York since his sophomore year.

"I came down here and I played both ways and I started every play still," Gronkowski said. "The football is excellent. There's a lot more competition here."

And there's a lot of competition for his services at the next level.

"I got a lot of big offers (from schools) like Florida and Penn State," Gronkowski said, "but Ohio State is my biggest offer in my top list."

So he's very excited about making a visit to Ohio State this weekend.

"I'm hoping that it's a great game and a great atmosphere and it feels like a place that I want to be at," Gronkowski said.

Ohio State is obviously in Gronkowski's top five along with Maryland, Clemson, Arizona and Syracuse. And all five have extended him a scholarship offer.

"Once I take all of my official visits then I'll know where I want to go," he said. "Maryland has my two brothers. Ohio State is just a great football program with great coaches. Syracuse is back home. It's a great program coming up with great coaches. Clemson uses their tight ends a lot and it's a great program too that's on the rise. And Arizona is on the rise with great coaches too and it's a great place to live."

And with all things being equal, Ohio State might possibly have one advantage over all of the other schools.

"I know a lot of people there and my best friend, Shane Sims (with the USHL now), is going there on a hockey scholarship next year," Gronkowski said.

Joe Daniels and John Peterson are recruiting Gronkowski for Ohio State.

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