Florida DB Gross Nears Decision

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross remains focused on three schools, but his time-frame for a decision has changed significantly in the past week. A talented defensive back, Gross discussed the decision to move up his commitment and the three schools in contention.

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross is down to Rutgers, Purdue and LSU and a decision could be coming as soon as 10 days from now.

Initially planning to take official visits and decide after his senior season, Gross said he feels ready to move forward and put the distraction of recruiting behind him.

"I want to be able to focus on school and football," Gross said. "I decided to move things up and make my commitment soon."

Gross begins school Aug. 27 and would like to decide by then, he said. Dragging the process past mid-September is unlikely at this point.

"I haven't taken the visits I hoped to, but I'm going to pick somewhere and be happy with it," Gross said. "My top three is all great schools and I'm comfortable with the coaches and everything. … I think I have the information I need."

Gross said he would have no problem committed to a school he has not visited, as long as he can take an official visit after the season ends.

Rutgers and Purdue are currently at the top and neither school has had Gross come for a visit. Both, however, have send Gross written scholarship offers and are heavily recruiting him.

"I've been talking to the schools a lot," Gross said. "Not as much since we started camp. They're at camp too, but I like all of the coaches at Rutgers and Purdue."

Education is the top priority for Gross, who wants to study either engineering or medicine in college. Since honing in on Rutgers as a favorite, Gross has been doing his research and is very impressed with what the school offers.

"I know a few people that are from New Jersey and one of my therapists actually went to Rutgers," Gross said. "They're all telling me it's good. They're a great school for education."

Gross will not take any more visits before his decision, he said. He does not have a set announcement date, but does not expect to wait much longer.

"I'm done with visits for now," Gross said. "Right now, all I care about is what's happening at my school now. We're trying to get ready for another big season. We want a championship season."

Gross plays safety and wide receiver for American Heritage, which already has its quarterback committed to Arkansas (Tyler Cogswell) and linebacker heading to Notre Dame (Michael Deeb).


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