Syracuse Rates High with Gronkowski

The comparisons are so similar, it's scary. Good hands, good size, and unbelievable athleticism. So can Rob Gronkowski be as good a tight end as Tony Gonzalez? That remains to be seen, but the interest in the 6-foot-6 tight end from Williamsville North high school has been astounding.

Citing his "catching and blocking ability" as the main components of his effectiveness, Gronkowski stated he has no leaders. He's just enjoying the process and exposure he's receiving heading into his senior year.

"North Carolina, Maryland, Syracuse, and Clemson have all showed interest," Gronkowski said. "I hope to get down to Clemson and visit the campus in the next few months."

Michigan is another school who has offered the senior, who spent time working out Greg Paulus in the past year. Paulus, was a standout quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse before committing to Duke to play basketball.

While Gronkowski is also a multi-sport athlete, he stated his affinity for the Orange, praising the upstate New York school as a possible destination.

With the Orange coming off an awful 1-10 season, Gronkowski spoke with joy of being one of the key pieces that leads to Orange back to winning seasons and bowl appearances.

"It would be nice to do that," Gronkowski said. "It's a great place; I like the coaches there a lot."

But what about the Carrier Dome?

"I like that stadium, it's real nice to play there," he added.

However, coming off a junior year in which he caught 36 passes and grabbed 7 touchdowns while earning first team All-Western New York and second team All-State honors, Gronkowski seems more focused on the task at hand; his senior season.

"I just want to do as best we can this year," he said. "The other stuff will take care of itself."


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