December 20, 2006

North Carolina LB set for official visit

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Linebacker Max Gruder (6' 2" 227) from Charlotte Country Day School attended Pitt's summer camp for a day last June. He subsequently made a verbal commitment to Pitt without having made an official visit to Pitt.

Gruder told the Pantherlair, "A number of Pitt coaches have been down to see me recently. Curtis Bray came down but I understand he is no longer with the program. Then offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh came down. Last week Coach Wannstedt was here on Thursday. First he went to my high school and then he came to my home. I got to see him for about 2 hours. It really has given me a chance to get to know the coaches a little better. My mom and dad really liked Coach Wannstedt."

Gruder went on to say, "They want me to make my official visit on January 12th. They hope to have 10-12 recruits there. I know Henry Hynoski is scheduled to visit then. The Pitt basketball team will be playing Georgetown that weekend so we will be going to see them play. I am anxious to get a better look at the campus."

We caught up to Gruder in his way to workout at the YMCA. He said, "I try to do weight training in the mornings and the speed and agility drills in the afternoon." Gruder had speed training this summer which helped cut his time in the 40 into the 4.5 range.
Gruder was recently selected to play in the second annual Oasis All-Star Shrine Football Classic at Catawba College but chose not to participate. The game pits seniors from the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association against seniors from the S.C. Independent School Association.
Max Gruder helped Charlotte Country Day school to a 10-3 record and a berth in the NCISAA state championship where they were beaten by long time rival Charlotte Latin 28-25 in overtime. They had beaten Latin 28-21 in the regular season.
In an earlier interview with Rivals' Jeremy Crabtree, Gruder said he finished with a 110 tackles this year. His total was down slightly from a year ago because he missed two games due to injury.
Gruder is a solid student with a 3.0 GPA. He selected Pitt over offers from Rice and Western Michigan.

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