And Gross, a safety from American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) and a Rutgers commit, was feeling a great vibe from the Scarlet Knights as they readied for the contest.
"Absolutely," Gross said when asked if he could feel the build-up. "They were excited. First of all, just to be there and with the big game coming up …there was a lot of excitement there."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Gross was in town because his brothers, Nikko Armiento and Mike Armiento, play for Colgate and will travel to Stony Brook this weekend.
With American Heritage having a bye, Gross used the opportunity to make his first visit to campus since the spring his of sophomore year.
"It was what I expected, and a little bit more," he said. "I was up there and it was like I remembered. It was also a little more because they added things on.
"It felt good. I didn't have anything to worry about. Nobody was pushing me. I had a good time." Gross arrived on campus with his parents in mid-morning.
"I got there around 10 o'clock and watched practice and came back (to the Hale Center) and met with the academic (people)," he said. "Then, we ate lunch and then went and met with more of the academic people and sat around with the coaches and talked a lot. That's pretty much it the whole day."
Gross also had a chance to meet a few players, including running back Jawan Jamison.
"I met the running back (Jamison) from Florida," Gross said. "All the Florida guys came over and said hi."
One aspect of the trip Gross deemed important was a meeting with coach Kyle Flood.
"I met them all but I met with coach Flood and sat down with (assistant) coach (Robb) Smith and (assistant) coach (Dave) Cohen," Gross said. "I just wanted to speak with coach Flood. It was good. He's very excited. His emotions are high."
The trips lived up to Gross' expectations, and it wasn't done so he could solidify his commitment.
"I knew it all along," he said. "I knew before I went there. It's was pretty much what I thought."
Gross said he will take his official visit in either December or January.