Gramling Already Receiving Offers

It didn't take long for this 2010 prospect to gather attention from around the state, as Denton Ryan's Garrett Gramling has already acquired several big offers. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the offensive tackle about his recruitment and future plans.

Denton Ryan High School has become a hotbed for college coaches and recruiters, producing multiple D-1 prospects every season. The Class of 2010 will be no different, with Ryan High home to one of the top offensive tackles in the state of Texas, Garrett Gramling. At 6-foot-6, 309 pounds, Gamling is already seeing offers from some of the top schools in the nation.

"I have offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Arizona, Texas A&M, and Baylor," Gramling said. "I'm also getting a lot of letters from Texas, Oklahoma, Stanford, Alabama, and Florida."

It's not just his long, large frame that is attracting interest from some of the top schools in the nation, but Gamling indicated that his footwork is pretty good for a big man in the trenches.

"I'd say that my foot speed is my biggest strength right now. That's why I'm a good pass blocker. Plus, we work on it a lot in our offense," Gamling said. "I think I can be a good drive blocker, but we don't focus on it with our offense. I do want to work on my drive blocking in the offseason and improve my strength as well."

Gramling officially kicked off the recruiting process when he attended an early junior day event at Texas A&M earlier this month. Gamling attended an A&M game earlier in the year as well.

"I came in for the A&M-OU game," Gamling said. I was very impressed with the traditions and the especially the fans who stayed behind their team even when the game wasn't going their way."

On his second trip back to College Station, the focus was more on the program and the facilities, and how the coaches were selling the future of the program. The Denton native liked what he heard and saw during the event.

"I really liked the facilities. They were first rate," Gramling said. "I discussed the offensive line with Coach Turner and he explained what they are trying to do. They want to get more physical and do a better job of running the ball. They want a balanced offense, and that can't happen until your offense can run the football. Overall, the staff seemed confident moving forward."

While Gramling is interested in the Aggies, he actually comes from a family with Texas Tech ties and he grew up following another Big 12 school.

"I've always followed the Texas schools, but growing up my personal favorite was always OU," Gamling said. "But now that it's time to figure out what's best for my situation, I'm open to all schools and I want to go into this process with an open mind."

Gamling hopes to make other junior day events after the new year, but he doesn't have anything planned yet. He's also not sure about a timetable for a decision but admitted he'd like to have a decision before his senior season. He'll be looking at his prospects for early playing time and the winning tradition when it comes time to choose a school.

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