Gross holds a preferred walk-on offer from Rutgers and faces a challenging decision in the coming months.
"My heart is in football," Gross said. "I love football and I want to be at Rutgers, but I don't know if I can turn down a free college education."
Rutgers visited Gross and 2013 teammate Alquadin Muhammad at school last week to continue the recruitment of both prospects. Gross camped at Rutgers over the summer and has a close relationship with defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who came to see him at school.
"We have a great relationship," Gross said. "He's been recruiting me [and Muhammad] since he came to Rutgers. Everyone [at Don Bosco] loves him. It would be great to play for him."
Gross has many ties to Rutgers and said, if he chooses football, he will do so in Piscataway.
"It would be great to play with [defensive tackle Darius Hamilton] again," said Gross, who lined up next to Hamilton on the 2011 state title team. "And they have [Leonte Carroo] and Gary [Nova] and now [graduate assistant Anthony Campanile] there. … It's a great opportunity."
As a junior wrestler, Gross won a New Jersey state title in the 195-pound division, defeating now Rutgers club wrestler Eric McMullen.
He holds multiple wrestling scholarship offers, including Michigan.
"Nobody wins a state title as a junior," Gross said. "That's a rare thing, but I won the state title. I'm coming back from an injury right now, but I'm close to 100 percent for the rest of the season. … But like I said, my passion is really in football first."
Gross said he has no timetable for a formal decision and will likely weight his options with his family at the end of the wrestling season.