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Gronkowski commits to Arizona

Rob Gronkowski, the former All-Western New York football player from Williamsville North, has verbally committed to the University of Arizona.

Gronkowski announced his college decision live on ESPNU television this week. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end/defensive end also made official NCAA visits to Syracuse, Clemson and Ohio State.

According to, Gronkowski is the nation's No. 3 ranked tight end.

Arizona finished 6-6 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10. It was tied for fifth place in the Pac-10, its best finish since since the 2000 team earned a share of fifth at 3-5.

The summer before his senior year, Gronkowski abruptly transferred from North to Pittsburgh-area power Woodland Hills. Had he stayed at North, Gronkowski would have been subjected to disciplinary action stemming from a vulgar e-mail sent from his account to a North teacher.

This past fall at Woodland, Gronkowski earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State honors. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" team and was named first team All-Conference by the Post-Gazette.

At defensive end he was credited with 55 tackles and three sacks. At tight end he caught just eight passes for 152 yards, but was lauded for his blocking ability.

Two of Gronkowski's older brothers went to Maryland on football scholarships.

Attempts to reach Gronkowski on Friday night were unsuccessful.

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