PA OL Attends Junior Day

The big lineman attended the junior day at Penn State this past Saturday. He also impressed the Penn State coaching staff during summer camps in State College.

Name: C.J. Gruber
Position: OL
Height: 6'4 1/2" (18 EEE shoe-size)
Weight: 295 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.0
Bench Press: 330-340
School: Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg, PA

Marcus Stone is not the only coveted prospect at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA.  C.J. Gruber is also well known by many Division I college coaching staffs.  Despite McDevitt's disappointing season last year (2-8), the talented lineman has received a lot of exposure due to the fact that McDevitt has produced several Division I players in recent years, including current Penn State linebacker, Dethrell Garcia.

"He plays offense and some defense," McDevitt Head Coach Jeff Weachter said.  "He started the past 2 years at left offensive tackle, but we're going to move him to right guard this year. He can play tackle, center or guard. I think he's probably going to be a guard in Division I. For a kid his size, he's big, very athletic and moves well."

Coach Weachter believes that Gruber will be very heavily recruited.

"He doesn't have an offer yet, but I think that soon after the beginning of the May evaluation period, he's going to have a couple. I think he's the type of kid that's probably going to end up with about 20 to 25 offers.

"He was just up at Penn State's junior day on Saturday. He's been our guy that's hit a lot of junior days. He's been to Pitt, West Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse and Maryland. Pitt and West Virginia are real high on him along with Penn State

"As a sophomore, he went up to Penn State's camp and they liked him a lot. He also went up [to Penn State last year] to center for us at the 7-on-7 camp.  We probably played about 8 games and there was always a Penn State assistant watching one of our games."

C.J. will not be attending the Blue-White game at Penn State because McDevitt has workouts on Saturdays.  Weachter is unsure whether or not C.J. and his teammates will attend the Nike Camp at Penn State on April 21.

"We're going to go up to their 7-in-7 camp again. We enjoyed ourselves up there. It was good competition."

C.J. is visiting the University of Pittsburgh today (Thursday).

"I'm taking 6 or 7 kids out to Pitt on Thursday since we are off from school. They're having a junior day on April 6, but it's a Saturday, so I talked to them and we're just going to go out and take a look."

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