Piscataway, N.J. cornerback Dwayne Gratz impressed at least one Big East staff enough at the Elite College Combine to command an offer. Who did the 6-foot-0, 179-pounder pick up the scholarship from?
"The Elite went well," he said. "I trained a lot and I got out of it the performance I expected.
"At first I was nervous with all the coaches, and then I got used to everything and brought it all to the receivers. I did what I know and performed well. It was great and now I've got a lot of colleges looking at me and an offer from Connecticut."
Gratz went on to discuss the scholarship from the Huskies.
"I got it Tuesday night right after the combine," he said. "The offer was unexpected, but they are the first school and I'm looking at them. UConn is a great college and they are an up and coming team. I like the coaches and they like me."
Other colleges have discussed the possibility of offering the Garden State corner.
"Delaware, Delaware State, Hofstra, Maryland, Rutgers and Kansas State are interested," he said. "I think they all want me to come to camp and if I do well they'll offer."
While he does have his first offer from a Big East school, Gratz claims a different school in the conference is his longtime favorite.
"I've always been a fan of West Virginia," he said. "I like them because they play five defensive back sets and being a cornerback that gives me a better chance to start and play."
In the near future, Gratz plans to participate in a combine in Pittsburgh this weekend followed by a Nike Camp at Rutgers next week. He's also looking at summer camps to Maryland, Temple and West Virginia.