Seton-LaSalle OL has Pitt on his list

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt has been actively searching for big, physical offensive linemen to strengthen the Panthers running game. There are a myriad of strong prospects in Western Pennsylvania. The was able to talk to one of the best.

"I have three offers right now. Pitt, WVU and Toledo have offered me scholarship," offers," stated offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski (6-ft-4 inches, 280 pounds) from Seton-LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh, PA. "I'm looking at all three schools plus some others. You could say I'm pretty open."

Gradkowski projects as a guard on the next level due to his height. He's known for his physicality on the football field.

When asked about his thoughts on the Panthers, he stated, "I love Pitt. I grew up in Pittsburgh and you root for the Panthers. They just signed a great class and my friend Craig Jacobson (Keystone Oaks High School)."

"Craig and I grew up a block away from each other. It would be great lining up and playing with him. I'm very happy for Craig. He has all of the pressure off of his back early in the recruiting process. He's a great player."

Despite Gradkowski's friendship with 2007 commit Craig Jacobson, he also has ties to West Virginia and Toledo. Carmen Connolly, a freshman receiver at WVU, happens to be Gino's cousin. Connolly is actively recruiting him and hoping to see him in a Mountaineer uniform. Gino's brother Bruce was a record setting quarterback for Toledo the last two seasons. He is generally considered one of the top prospects in the up coming NFL draft.

"I think I bring a lot to the football field. I have strong footwork and I take pride in my run blocking."

"I'm not sure when I'll make a decision. It's important to me to look at all of my options. I want to go to a school where I feel comfortable. Academics are very important to me as well."

Gino will be attending the Panthers junior day on February 25th.

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