"As a front-runner, I think it's Rutgers," Gross said. "If I was to decide tomorrow, I would sign with Rutgers."
Gross met briefly with Cohen after working out today and said he has had good contact with the first-year Rutgers assistant.
"It was good to meet him in person for a bit," Gross said. "I've always liked [Rutgers] and my feelings didn't change after he visited. I was already really liking them and reading about them and everything. I'm interested."
Academics and the opportunity to earn playing time stand out to Gross, he said.
"[Cohen] stressed the academic standpoint of it," Gross said. "Obviously I know it's a good football team, but up there it's academics first. That's one thing that I like a lot. He talks a lot about academics and not too much about the football aspect. At the same time, he wants to know that I'm working hard in the classroom. Mostly, we talked about academics and what I want to major in and everything."
Gross projects as a college safety and looks to continue adding mass to his 6-foot frame, he also expects to see work in nickel and dime coverage packages at the college level.
When speaking with Cohen, the fact that Rutgers does not promise starting jobs to recruits stood out.
"He said I would get an opportunity, that's the key thing," he said. "They don't promise anything and that's one aspect I really like. I don't want anything unless I worked for it. I would come in and just work."
He plans to visit with teammate Michael Deeb, a linebacker with a Rutgers offer, this summer.
"I have to feel it," he said. "If I commit, I want to be 100 percent. I don't want to be 99 percent, I want to be 100. I'm going to take my time and enjoy the process and we'll see."