Speedy athlete lists Cardinals among favorites

Alphonso Gross of East Brewton, Alabama, lists the Cardinals among his favorites. He spoke with ITV on Monday and discussed offers and official visits.

During the history of Louisville football there have been a number of dangerous kick and punt returners, including recent standouts Arnold Jackson, Zek Parker and Broderick Clark. The next player to create headaches for opposing special teams coaches could very well be Alphonso Gross.

Gross (5'9, 185) has similar size to former Cardinal greats Jackson and Parker and has the speed (4.42-40) as well.

As a senior at W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton, Alabama, Gross handles both the kick and punt return duties, as well as the starting tailback position. So far he has rushed for over 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has also returned two punts and one kickoff for a score.

Gross told ITV that he has heard from two Louisville coaches in Coach Joe Whitt Jr. and Coach Paul Petrino. "They've told me that I would have a good chance to come in early and do kick and punt returns," said Gross, who also said that he'd also suit up as a tailback in college.

He also explained that he has followed the Cardinals for a couple years and has been impressed with the program.

"I like Louisville," explained Gross. "I have watched them on t.v. a few times the past few years. The new coach there is doing a good job."

In addition to Louisville, Gross is receiving frequent interest from Marshall and future Big East opponent West Virginia. While the Mountaineers are the only program to extend a scholarship offer to date, Gross told ITV that he anticipates receiving an offer from the U of L coaching staff soon.

While he has yet to schedule actual dates for official visits, Gross did mention that he is in the process of lining them up.

"I'm planning on going to Louisville and West Virginia in January," said Gross. "Marshall wants me to visit in December."

When visiting Louisville, he will most likely be joined by teammate Marcus Folmar. Folmar (6'0, 175) plays defensive back for W.S. Neal and is considering the Cardinals, along with UAB, Southern Miss, Clemson and Marshall.

ITV will have a further update on Folmer soon.

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