Potential first-round NFL Draft prospect, Anthony Castonzo, has been training with Athletic & Personal Development program since early January preparing for the NFL Draft that took place three weeks ago. Now, Castonzo is back at IMG to continuing to improve himself for Boston College University's upcoming Pro Day. Recently, Castonzo had become the target of his friends who were interested in making tweeting one of his new hobbies. Twitter has become the new fad in college and professional sports, for better or for worse, where athletes keep in touch with their fans via "tweets". Castonzo recently spoke to Sporting News's Ken Bradley about his upcoming Pro Day and his new Twitter pastime.
From Sporting News:
I'm on Twitter, but I wouldn't say I eat it up by any means. Basically, all my friends and my girlfriend kept telling me you have to get on Twitter, you have to get on Twitter! I kept telling them that I don't want to because I don't really think people care what is on my mind at any specific time. I don't think people care that much to actually go on there and see what I have to say.
But my girlfriend eventually got me to get on there and now I have a little bit of fun with it. I pretty much just communicate with a couple of my friends. I'm not super-activeâI'm pretty low key. I can see myself communicating more when I get drafted and become part of a team, especially if there are legit fans of mine who want to know what's going on. I think that is super cool. I'll definitely communicate with them.
I remember when I was a little kid and if a professional athlete would talk to me, I thought that was very cool. I'll definitely do that for fans. But I won't be on there every minute, saying what's on my mind and saying controversial things. That's really not my style.
As far as football, I'm in Bradenton, Florida, at the IMG camp again. We're still going really hard, but there are less guys here than prior to the Combine. My BC teammate Mark Herzlich is still here. We work out together. Tandon Doss from Indiana is still here, along with Chris Manno, who graduated from Hofstra a few years back. He's trying to make his way into the league alsoâSean Smalls, too. That's our group right now. We still have a speed coach here, a strength coach and position coaches putting us through position drills.
I'll head back to BC for my Pro Day on March 23. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again. My old roommatesâthe o-line guys. I've picked up a lot of different techniques from Senior Bowl coaches and coaches here at IMG and I can't wait to teach some of the younger guys back at BC and talk to my coaches about it.
â As told to Ken Bradley
About the author: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OT
Castonzo is the top-rated offensive lineman, according to Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande. After a strong Combine performance, Castonzo is preparing for his Pro Day on March 23. You can follow him on Twitter @AnthonyCastonzo.