Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Sullivan Grosz, DT, Cal Poly
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
-I had preferred walk-on offers from Stanford, UCLA, Washington St., and Cal. Nevada Wolfpack offered me a scholarship but wanted me to play offensive guard. Cal Poly offered me a full scholarship.
Where did you choose and why?
-I chose Cal Poly because they play great football, they were climbing to a better conference, I got school paid for, and it was close to home. It was also a place where I hoped to get a lot of playing time, which is what football is all about.
What were your goals for your senior year?
-Dominate my opponent and give every play all I got. I knew if I did these two things, I could be an All-American.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
-Yes, we had 16 teams come during season and watched my film. We also had 9 teams at our pro day. They are expecting I go on the later few rounds of the draft. Several teams are looking at me as a 3 technique DT in a 4-3 and some are saying DE in a 3-4 defense.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
-My size and my motor. I never stop until the whistle is blown. Watch my film and you’ll see what I mean.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
-I always start by looking at backfield formations and what plays a team likes to run most. I want to watch the play unfold as the offense is getting set in front of me. I want to be able to anticipate what block I will be getting so I can be that much closer to beating my opponent. In passing downs, I am watching the center to see who he is helping and who is getting the one on one rushes. Then, I always look for tendencies. Maybe the tackle is giving away a down block or the left guard is showing pass in his stance. If this is the case, I make sure to check those tendencies as the offensive linemen are getting into their stance. Watching film Is crucial in order to be great.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
-Weston Richberg, the center from Colorado State, was really good.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
-I have always tried to play like Justin Smith from the 49ers. His ability to dominate lineman, especially in the 4th quarter, is what I pride myself on doing.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
-My grandfather is currently going through Alzheimer’s and has been for a while. It is really hard on my family and me.
What system fits your style of play the best?
-A 4-3 defense because that is what I have been playing for five years but I can also play 5-tech in a 3-4.
What is your biggest strength?
-My quickness and good pad level.
What is your biggest weakness?
-I am too hard on myself and I hate to lose.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
-I have never missed a game in my four years. I started 36 games straight and have worked through all my injuries. When you get me, you are not getting any pre-Madonna. I will do everything in ability to be the best. If I am struggling in one area of my game, I will spend the extra time getting it right, watching film, or working harder until I reach my goals. I am a positive leader and carry that into everything I do. No bullshit.
Growing up, who was your role model?
-My father and mother. They are the hardest working people I know. My parents work 55 hours every week and still found ways to come to my games. They taught me what it means to have a goal and work my butt off to reach it.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
-49ers have always been my team and, as I mentioned before, Justin Smith is my favorite player to watch!
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
– John Madden (former Cal poly guy), John Wayne, and Steve Irwin.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
-I may buy a Game Ready cold compression machine.