Rob Gronkowski what are you looking for in a school? Why don't you go to UGA they produce alot of NFL Tight ends
First, a top 20 business school. A program that gets a lot of players to graduate. I know the coaches will be there for my grades. A football program that competes for championships and bowl games. I just started receiving mail from Georgia.
What did you change in your training to prepare for this up coming football season?
I didn't really change anything in my training. I have a trainer that helps a lot of the top athletes in New York. I go there and he helps me with football things during the summer. Before that, I work out at my school with my team and I go through their running.
How much recruiting of you do your brothers do for Maryland?
They've done some. They're not going to try and push me all the way, because they know it's my decision. They think it would be a great time if I went there with them.
Dear Rob, How do you think your team will be this season? Are there any other Division One prospects on your team?
I really don't know exactly what we're going to do, but I know we're going to go to the playoffs. We have a good running back that's getting some looks from Boston College. We have a quarterback that's getting recruited by a couple of D-IAA schools.
Your Brothers played with a great TE in Vernon Davis -- were you able to talk with him and get any tips?
I talked to Vernon before and met him. But I didn't really sit down with him and talk football. I just met him, that's all.
Rob, where did you get those huge guns.
My dad owns a fitness store, so he brings home equipment all the time. We have a bunch of equipment at home in the basement. I'm always working out there or at school.
What school woould you like to go to?
As of right now, there's not one school that's stuck out. There are many that I would like to go to. I'm waiting for the time when a school does stick out and I will commit there.
What has been your biggest turnoff regarding the recruiting process?
The biggest turnoff is when a coach came in and asked my head coach if I wanted to play offensive tackle in college.
Is weather a factor for you coming from the cold? Weather in AZ is nice?
Arizona, I like it a lot. But as far as the weather, I would love to play in some nice weather, but if it comes down to a school with not as nice weather but I like the school, I'm going to go there. But nice weather would be nice to have.
Rob, which conference do you feel is the premiere conference in America, and will its prestige, exposure and competition play a part in choosing a school?
I've always grown up with the Pac-10, that's my conference. I also like the ACC, with my brothers playing in it. I think the ACC has the best competition. I also like the SEC.
Rob, I went to Williamsville East and then the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt has an awesome Business school...I retired to Florida at the age of 42!...and its close to home...Coach Wannstedt would love to have you as Panther...please visit and consider playing for Pitt, they have the finest facilities in the country.
I've been to Pittsburgh for a camp. I like the facilities there. Like I said, I'm open right now. That could be on my summer schedule as a school to visit.
Rob-If you are looking for a top school that graduates its players and focuses on student athletes than look no further than PSU!!!! I hope JoePa shows you what Happy Valley is all about. I would love to have another local guy to root for.
Penn State is a great school, I think. I'm not sure what I'm doing over the summer, but that might be on the list of schools to visit.
Robert, Is your quarterback going to be able to get you more catches this year? So you think he is a D1 prospect as well.
My QB, we've been working together about once a week. We are good friends. We've been talking and he will be getting the ball out to the WRs and me at TE. He'll be getting us the catches and the wins. He's a real good quarterback. He's getting recruited by some D-I schools but I think D-IAA would be a good fit for him.
Is it weird that so many people are lobbying their colleges when they talk to you? By the way, Colorado has great skiing, if you are into that. :)
I don't go skiing that much. The last time I went skiing was two years ago. I'm kind of used to you that people are always talking about their schools. It was weird at first, but now I know what it's like.
What TE do you look up to the most?
Jeremy Shockey. Once I heard about him, I started looking up stuff about him and I just love the way he plays.
You have 3 older brothers that are standout athletes... which one is the biggest influence on you?
I wouldn't say one has the biggest influence on me, but they all do. The oldest one doesn't play football, he plays baseball for Jacksonville. He's in the regionals. He's about to get drafted, which is great for him.
What is your favorite thing to do besides play football?
Working out. I play baseball. I also play basketball. In the summer, I play every sport, tennis, volleyball, with all my friends. I would say working out is what I mostly do though.
Rob, Have you visited Boston College or considered them? Along with a top business school, they also have one of the highest graduation rates in the country.
I talked to some of the coaches. Yes, I am considering them. It sounds like a great school. Like I said, I don't know what I'm doing over the summer, but they have a good chance of me coming down to visit.
will you play other sports as a senior or concentrate on lifting and getting bigger for college football?
I am definitely playing basketball next year as a senior. Baseball, I'm not 100% sure yet that I'm going to play. I might just lift and get bigger and ready for college football.
Thank you very much for having me on the show.
Thanks to Rob for joining us - It was great to have him on -- and we wish him the best of luck. Be sure to read more about Rob in this weeks Get to Know.
lets get to some of your questions
Once again there is a wealth of talent in the DC area, last year the Fridge had trouble holding on to much of it. Is this year going to be different and who do you see as the most likely to end up with the Terps?
You are right the Maryland/DC area soes have some good talent again -- but I think once again it will be tough for the Terps to compete and land many of them. I could see guys like Austin and Lazear go out of state. RB Terrence Kerns has already committed to WV.
Kind of forecasting down the road It might be a good year if they can land one or two top guys in the state like Benn. But I don't see them fairing much better then last year with in state talent
Do you think there is any downside to Texas having basically wrapped up recruiting before seeing any of these kids even in camps before their senior year?
I don't think so -- The Longhorns have their recruiting philosophy and so far it seems to work pretty well. They are pretty fimiliar with what these kids can do already and don't need to see them in camps this summer.
I am a huge USC fan, are the trojans going to suffer in recruiting this year? They are loaded at neary every positions, are the recruits going to be turned off by these and go some where esle? O
I doubt it -- The top kids love competition and all think they can play where ever they go (often that is what makes them so good) Remember Galippo who joined us a few weeks back was not worried about the guys already there. Many like playing with the best.
Also many recruits know that the best guys will play at USC regardless of what year they are.
How is Ohio State doing so far, any quality early commitments? Thanks.
so far two early commits -- both from in state - no shocker there - coach Tressel does very well in state.
Both guys are very good quality pick ups -- S Nate Oliver & RB Brandon Saine -- you can read their reports on the recruit tracker.
Craig, I have heard very little about Clemson's recruiiting so far. Have they signed anyone of value, and is 10 wins realistic for the coming season?
Clemon has not signed anyone yet - not till NSD -- but they have one really big time verbal so far from in state QB Will Korn. Plus several other pick-ups (6) including a good gurad in Wilson Norris. Good start for Clemson - which will have it work cut out for them on the recruiting trail as a SC is picking up more steam and will battle for in state talent
10 wins will be very tough but possible
Should Husker fan be worried that Nebraska hasn't gotten more commits at this point?
it is still a little early to get worried -- Niles Paul was a nice in state pick up. However, I feel it is a big year for Nebraska in recruiting as they need to have a strong year with HS talent. Once again they are a presence nationally -- especially in California -- need to land some of these big time guys like they did two years ago
What's the scoop on LSU's latest QB pickup from Texas? How about their class so far?
Jarett Lee out of Texas is a good pick up -- good arm very good at throwing on the move -- nice upside
Rest of the class is strong so far -- RB Steven Ridley is a very good back
Are Carr and Michigan losing their recruiting clout with all the recent losses and dips in national rankings?
I don't think so - I actually think MI is off to an excellent start this year. We have seen 5 of their 6 verbals so far and they all grade out high. We have talked about Mallett - has some mobility issues - but possibly the best arm in this class and a great fit for that offense. Finch is a very good S prospect and TE Van Bergen is a Big TE
So Michigan fans have to feel good so far about what the Wolverines have been able to do
Craig, how's OU doing thus far?
The sooners have a few early pick ups from in state - have not had a chance to evaluate them yet - so it is tough to say how good they are -- both have a good buzz concerning their ability - we will try and get them done very soon.
What do you hear about the QB Foles that just commited to ASU. I used to wait tables at his father's restaurants.
Foles is a big QB -- some of that may have to do with his father owning a restaurant as you mentioned -- but he is what you are looking for in a pocket passer -- not a guy that seems like he can create when things break down -- but give him some time and he can throw the rock around. Good arm and accuracy -- good pick up for the Sun Devils
How do you see UNC's recruiting class coming along so far?
So far, so good... to steal the quote -- but I really think that the Tar Heels are off to a good start and keeping some of the momentum from last years strong class.
I think that UNC is one of the more underrated teams when it comes to recruiting --
Any chance Notre Dame lands Marvin Austin?
Yes there is a chance
Is Spurrier going to have a better class this year at SC?
I think so - Like I said earlier in the Celmson question -- they are becoming more of a force to be reckoned with.
Three very good early verbals -- 2 from in state -- CB Gary Gray - one of the best in this class and OT Quintin Richardson.
Which way is Chris Forcier leaning?
As of right now he is heading to UCLA
That is all I have time for today --
One quick note - This Friday at 3pm ESt on ESPNU -- DE Justin Trattou -- from Don Bosco in NJ will be announcing his decision live -- between OSU, PSU, and ND -- please join us.
As always thanks for stopping by -- Once again thanks to Rob for joining us -- Have a great week and weekend.