Seminole transfer plays well with HensBy Jeff Borzello The Review
September 11, 2007
Newark, DE (CSTV U-WIRE) -- On the surface, moving from a historically dominant Football Bowl Subdivision program like Florida State University to a Football Championship Subdivision Delaware team that is only 11-11 in the past two seasons might seem like a step down.
For freshman Anthony Grosso it was the perfect move.
Grosso, the 6-foot-6-inch, 290-pound offensive tackle, was accepted to Delaware on Aug. 27 after leaving Florida State one week earlier in the middle of preseason camp. He signed with the Seminoles in February and was one of six offensive linemen in their recruiting class.
Delaware offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski said soon after Grosso arrived on campus in Florida, it was clear something was not right.
"It was a situation that didn't make him happy," Wroblewski said. "It wasn't a good experience for him."
Grosso said the issue at FSU did not feel like the right fit for him.
"It just didn't work out," Grosso said.
Grosso returned home to New Jersey after leaving Florida State and contacted Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler shortly after.
"I was a little bit familiar with the school," he said. "But once I came here and met coach Keeler and the other coaches, I was really impressed."
Grosso, originally from Matawan, N.J., was one of the top high school players in the state during his senior season and was recruited by Rutgers University, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Northwestern and Duke.
The three-star recruit and No. 64-ranked offensive lineman in the country by Rivals.com was not recruited heavily by Delaware while he was in high school.
"He was a major college recruit out of high school," Wroblewski said, referring to the fact that Grosso was out of Delaware's league at the time.
However, the out-of-state popularity of Delaware played a huge role in getting Grosso to transfer to the Newark campus.
"Delaware has a wonderful name and reputation in the state of New Jersey," Wroblewski said.
Even though other schools tried to recruit Grosso once he left Florida State, he said he knew Delaware was the right fit for him.
"I felt comfortable here," Grosso said. "There are a lot of good people here, and I'm really looking forward to getting going here, with classes and everything." He said location was also a factor in his decision to come to Delaware.
"It's kind of nice being only two hours away from home as opposed to the 18 or 19 hours it was from Tallahassee," he said.
Grosso has freshman eligibility and will be able to play immediately. It is unclear whether he will sit out this season as a redshirt or contribute right away for the Hens.
"He's only less than a week into practice," Wroblewski said. "We are trying to get him up to speed. It's a developmental thing."
Even though Grosso has only been around the team for less than two weeks, he has fit in with the rest of the Hens and seems comfortable with his teammates, Wroblewski said.
"He's meshing very well," he said. "That was one of the things that made him leave [Florida State]."
Grosso said coming to Delaware is not quite the culture shock he experienced in Tallahassee. From a personality standpoint, it is also easier for a New Jersey kid to fit in here.
Despite leaving high-profile Florida State to come to the university, Grosso said he does not regret it and is excited about getting back on the field and contributing to the Hens' football program.
"It feels great to be out there," he said. "I'm really looking forward to playing, and I'm just opportunistic about being here and helping Delaware win a national championship."
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