A quick decision isn't that important to Bryant Gross. Making the right one is much higher on the priority list for the safety from American Heritage in Plantation, Fla.
Gross built a relationship with Corey Raymond when the latter was at Nebraska and that carried over when LSU coach Les Miles hired Raymond as the Tigers secondary coach.
Raymond has been back to Plantation – near Fort Lauderdale – several more times and recently offered Gross, adding to a pile that includes Rutgers, Florida, Tennessee, Purdue and Florida State.
"When Coach Corey was at Nebraska is when we first started talking and he said really liked the way I would've fit in at Nebraska," the 6-foot-1, 188-pound Gross said. "And when he got to LSU he said he like me there, too."
The appeal is mutual.
Gross said the Tigers and Rutgers are his top two choices right now, and he also has an eye on the in-state schools. But he intends to let the summer play out before deciding on where to take official visits.
"I'm just trying to take it as it happens," he said. "I want it to be over as soon as it can be, but I want to weigh my options for all the schools I like before I make a decision. I want to be 100% committed before I tell a school I want to come."
Part of his decision-making process could hinge on which schools are willing to let him shift positions.
Although he has played safety exclusively throughout his prep career, roaming from sideline to sideline, Gross said he has the right mindset and physical skills to play corner.
That's also part of the lure to LSU, which sent Morris Claiborne and Ron Brooks to the 2012 NFL Draft after Patrick Peterson the year before.
"I love their style of play," Gross said. "They've got a winning formula and a great coaching staff. You look in past years and their DBs are always in the top 5 in the country. If you want get to the next level, that's a great place to play."
Summer update: Bryant Gross
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