Grosz Feeling Pac-10

Fresno (Calif.) Memorial DE/LB Sullivan Grosz continued his busy spring and summer with recent visits to UCLA and San Diego State. The Central Cali standout is still looking for his first offer. He says schools are telling him they want to see his first two games. Nonetheless, he says his trip to UCLA was great and it moved the Bruins over Stanford and Cal among others on his list…

Sullivan Grosz (6-4, 240) has great size and is extremely athletic for his size. Most colleges project him to play defensive end in college, but the problem is Grosz is the starting middle linebacker for the Panthers.

"There is a package, a 3-4, where I line up at defensive end," said Grosz. "Schools have been telling they want to see my first two games."

One of those schools is UCLA. He recently visited Westwood and came away very impressed.

"Well, it went great," said Grosz. "They treated my parents and I extremely well. We were given a full campus tour by several very nice and qualified young ladies. Coach Angus McClure showed us around the football facilities. They were very impressive. The training room and weight room had a real clean and organized feel, very well planned out. They had a more practical layout than others I have seen recently. I feel like I could spend many hours down in that weight room growing to over 275 by my sophomore year."

Grosz says the UCLA coaches have told him that it does not matter that he plays linebacker even though they are recruiting him as a defensive end. "I said I still play linebacker, they said it didn't matter they want to see my first two games," said Grosz.

Grosz camped at UCLA, California, Stanford and San Diego State this summer. He says he likes those four schools, but a few others are starting to come around.

"Oklahoma is starting to send me stuff," Grosz said. "And I am starting to talk to Washington."

Nonetheless, it seems all those schools will have to beat UCLA if the Bruins offer.

UCLA is perfect for me," said Grosz. "I have to say that it has moved to the top of my wish list. Can't wait to get a couple of games behind me and get the film off to them. Just a month away."

Grosz said his visit went very well and everything from his tour of the campus to watching the scrimmage stood out to him.

"We stayed and watched the Bruin scrimmage," said Grosz. "Great crowd and lots of spirit on the field. I loved being right there. Would have loved to been in pads. I really like [Head] Coach [Rick] Neuheisel's style. He seems to be a great motivator. All head coaches are...but there is something about him that I really like." "Coach [Todd] Howard, the d-line coach, spoke with me and was very encouraging. We got to work together at the camp in June and have a relationship since then. He is someone I could learn a lot from."

Grosz says he is still unsure if UCLA will offer him after watching his first two games. "They didn't talk about offering [during my visit]," said Grosz. "I feel confident, they respond to everyone of my emails."


Sullivan Grosz flexing on his high school campus.

Stanford had been his previous favorite but says the Cardinal have not showed as much interest. As well, Cal has been on his list of favorites.

"Cal is still up there, top four," Grosz said. "I was suppose to take an unofficial [to Berkeley] but [Special Team/Tight End] Coach Pete Alamar was going to be on vacation and said to reschedule. I definitely plan to make it up there for a few games."

Grosz is patiently awaiting his first offer. After a number of strong performances in the spring and summer, he expects his hard work to pay off. One recent summer visit that went well was to San Diego State. He feels the Aztecs could be school that may offer him.

"I really had a good performance at San Diego State," said Grosz. "They had a Friday night lights, and I felt I did really well. Their concern was that I had no offers. They want to see my first two games. But I think they might offer."


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