For many offensive linemen, the key to landing more scholarship offers is all about the weight. No, not the wait, but the weight. For Warren (Ohio) Harding offensive lineman Rocco Cironi, he knew that adding weight, instead of shedding it, was the key for him to getting more scholarship offers.
So when he went from 250 pounds to 280 pounds this summer, the colleges started to take notice.
“I put on 30 pounds,” he said. “I just ate the right food, and that made a big difference. The coaches come knocking when you put on weight and have pretty good feet like I do.”
Cironi, who is 6-foot-7 and ranked as the No. 39 player in Ohio, already had offers from Akron and Kent, but when he added weight, he added a Big 10 offer from Michigan State.
“The Michigan State offer is based on me adding more weight,” he said. “They offered just a few days back. They wanted to see how I developed over the summer, and I proved to them that I’m ready to play on the next level.”
Cironi isn’t ready to make a decision, though. With offers now on the table from Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State, Buffalo, Akron and Kent, he’d like to hear from Ohio State and Michigan. Both told him this summer that they plan to evaluate him after his first couple games as a senior.
“That’s why I’m so focused on two-a-days now,” he said. “We have a few spots to fill on the offensive line, but we’re going to get that down and be back in the playoffs again.”