Gross Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross had an enjoyable Thursday by picking up his second and third verbal scholarship offers. Gross received offers from both Rutgers and Hawaii today and spoke with about his recruitment and ties to the New York area.

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross received a verbal scholarship offer today from Rutgers while on the phone with head coach Kyle Flood.

Normally dealing with linebackers coach Dave Cohen, Gross was excited for a chance to speak with Flood and expected to receive some good news.

"I've been talking with Coach Cohen for the past few weeks now," Gross said. "Me and him have developed a pretty good relationship. He told me the head coach wanted to talk to me yesterday, but I didn't get a chance. So I called him today and he offered me a scholarship to Rutgers."

Gross has a few ties to Rutgers and the New York area, but had never spoken with Flood before the phone call that took place this afternoon.

"I actually liked him a lot," Gross said. "I haven't met him in person yet, so I guess that's the next step."

With family in the area and two brothers playing for Colgate, Gross is no stranger to New Jersey and New York. He has been to Rutgers before on unofficial visits and said he plans to return to Piscataway this summer with teammate Michael Deeb, who has an offer from Rutgers as a linebacker.

"I've been to Rutgers in the past, but I'm definitely going to try to come up this summer," he said. "I normally come up to New York mostly every summer, so I told the coaches I will try to do it then."

Gross visited Rutgers while Greg Schiano was still the head coach, but said the overall campus and academics stood out above the coaching staff.

"I liked it a lot," Gross said. "The coaching staff was good, but the academics were great. That's why they've been one of my top five. Football is second, academics are the obvious first, so that's important. Rutgers has great academics and helps their athletes succeed."

Hawaii verbally offered Gross today as well and he also holds an offer from Utah State. Gross' only other planned visit now is to LSU, where he has been in heavy contact with the coaching staff.

At 6-foot, 185, Gross recorded 25 tackles and recovered a fumble as a junior. He projects as a pure safety for the 2013 class.

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