"It was sweet, man," Gronkowski said. "I don't think I've ever seen a game like that with the stakes so high and the excitement and everything going on. I drove down with my dad and it was great being there. I loved the atmosphere."
Gronkowski has not scheduled an official visit to OSU yet.
"I'm not sure," he said of when he might schedule one.
"No, I don't have a leader – they're all the same right now," Gronkowski said in what must be an automated response by now.
Gronkowski wants to make a decision "before the end of December."
He said he was recruited by Penn State and Pitt, but told them early in the process that he was not interested.
But Gronkowski is originally from Williamsville, N.Y., so he didn't exactly have the emotional ties to the Pennsylvania schools.
As a junior in 2005 at Williamsville North High School, he caught 36 passes for 648 yards and seven touchdowns and was named second-team all-state.
Gronkowski transferred to Woodland Hills (Pa.) this year and his high school team finished its season with an 8-3 record and first-round loss in the playoffs.
He was used primarily as a blocker and finished the season with eight receptions for 150 yards and five touchdowns.
The big tight end explained what he likes about Ohio State.
"The football program and all of the tradition, the facilities and the coaches," he said. "(Head coach Jim) Tressel, (quarterbacks coach Joe) Daniels and (tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator John) Peterson are great guys."
Gronkowski says he is in good academic standing.
"I'm not sure of my exact GPA and test score, but I'm definitely qualified," he said.