Gross Goes In-Depth on Verbal Commitment

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross was close to a final decision when he spoke last week to The announcement came tonight after his season opener when the safety prospect made his verbal commitment to Rutgers over finalists Purdue and LSU.

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross drastically moved up his decision timetable last week after a series of conversations with Rutgers, he told Seeking to get the distraction out of the way, Gross announced his verbal commitment to Rutgers tonight after his team's season opener.

"I just felt like it was time," Gross said. "It's a huge pressure off my back. It's a relief to move on from recruiting and to know I have a home as a Scarlet Knight."

Gross chose Rutgers over close to double-digit verbal scholarship offers and finalists Purdue and LSU.

"Rutgers' education put it over the top," Gross said. "I can play good football at any of those schools, but Rutgers has great academics and I can't wait to go there and play."

Planning an unofficial visit during the summer, Gross cancelled his trip to Piscataway, N.J., because he was unable to schedule a convenient time with his family. Gross, however, said that he was 100 percent comfortable committing to Rutgers without a visit.

An official visit is still expected during or after the season.

"I'm going to take my official to Rutgers and that's it ... no more visits," Gross said.

When Gross decided to commit, the process did not go as smoothly as he hoped. Not knowing Rutgers had a night practice, he called while coach Kyle Flood was meeting with the media.

After speaking with linebackers coach Dave Cohen, Flood picked up the phone and accepted his commitment, Gross said.

"When I finally talked to him, it was just a huge relief," Gross said. "He was so pumped and told me how much he really wanted me."

During his recruiting, Gross identified Rutgers as his leader early in the process after earning an offer alongside Notre Dame commit Michael Deeb. Gross cited his relationship with the coaching staff and the educational opportunities at Rutgers as his main interests.

He plans to study medicine.

"Honestly my decision came down to whether I wanted to study medicine or engineering," Gross said. "Rutgers has an amazing medical program and great football with the Big East and everything. it was the right call."

Gross joins Dayton (Springfield, N.J.) prospect Anthony Cioffi and South Brunswick (N.J.) athlete T.J. Taylor as Rutgers commits expected to play in the defensive secondary. He checks in as a two-star recruit and the 112th player at his position.

Gross has family from New Rochelle, N.Y., and Monmouth, N.J., and a brother at Colgate.

"I've never visited, but I know a lot about Rutgers and everything," Gross said. "My family is really, really excited for me to head up there."

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