Lineman excited about future at Arizona

Offensive T.D. Gross recently took an official to Arizona. Read on for his thoughts on the visit, including what he did on his visit, his role with Arizona, and more.

Santee (Calif.) Santana High School offensive tackle T.D. Gross has been committed to Arizona since June, but recently took his first opportunity to visit the campus officially.

"My visit was awesome, I had a great time," Gross said. "I'm glad I came out this weekend right after all of the staff was hired because I got to meet them. My favorite part I'd have to say was getting to be around the players and seeing how in to the program they are and that they've all bought in."

Gross originally committed to Mike Stoops and his coaching staff before he was dismissed in November and he's remained committed to Rich Rodriguez and his new staff. His visit this past weekend was the first opportunity he had to meet Rodriguez and his coaches face-to-face, it definitely was a successful first encounter.

"It was great to meet the coaches, they're all really personable guys," Gross said. "Everyone's excited, everyone has the same goal to get to the Rose Bowl, so it's a great atmosphere.

"It was awesome to meet coach Rodriguez, he has a reputation of being very personable and being an easy guy to talk to. That's all absolutely 100 percent true."

Despite the turnover in the coaching staff, there was never really any doubt in the 6-foot-6, 255-pound offensive tackle's mind that he'd be comfortable signing with Arizona in less than a month.

"I didn't have too many doubts because I'm going to come in and play offensive line and it's the same offensive line coach and I was comfortable with him already," Gross said. "I heard great things about the other coaches and getting to meet them it was all spot on. I'm excited about being committed to Arizona."

While the nation's 104th ranked offensive tackle obviously had a solid relationship with the old coaching staff at Arizona, he did notice some slight differences between Stoops' and Rodriguez's coaches during his time in Tucson.

"The new coaches are just a little bit more laid back," Gross said. "I loved the other coaches, I thought they were great guys and I had no problem talking to them. Just being in public with the new coaches, they had no problem sitting down and talking to someone at a coffee shop or wherever we were."

With 14 official visitors on campus, the three-star prospect had a good time getting to know the other commitments and recruits over the weekend.

"I was hanging out a lot with Kyle Kelley," Gross said. "I kind of know a little bit about him since we have some mutual friends, he's a cool guy. All of the recruits were hanging together and we bonded really well."

While Gross is planning another unofficial visit after Signing Day to get a better grasp on how exactly he'll fit in Arizona's new offense, there's no doubt in his mind he'll be playing his college football with the Wildcats.

"I'm going to come up during spring ball and we'll sit down and talk a little bit more about the on the field stuff," Gross said. "I'm absolutely 100 percent committed to Arizona, the visit totally topped it off for me."

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