Walk-on Target Gross Likes Rutgers

RAMSEY, N.J. – On the high school level, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive tackle Razohnn Gross is as dominant as they come. Gross does not yet hold a scholarship offer, but spoke with ScarletReport.com after a recent victory about why he deserves one and his current options as a two-sport star.

RAMSEY, N.J. – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive tackle Razohnn Gross does not yet have a scholarship offer, but he knows he will have the chance to play college football should he choose to do so.

Gross holds a preferred walk-on spot at Rutgers and is hearing the same from Temple and Connecticut after camps during the summer.

"We'll see what happens," Gross said. "I want to play football and it could be anywhere. Defensive line, fullback, guard, linebacker, I don't know. We'll see what happens."

Gross has major size concerns at the Division I level, standing at 5-foot-10, 215 pounds, but could start hearing a lot more about scholarship offers from lower levels.

Gross said he would have a hard time turning down a free ride to college, but that he has a strong interest in the Scarlet Knights.

"Rutgers wants me to come there and walk on," Gross said. "I'll see what's up with a scholarship maybe at other places, but I really like Rutgers. I'd rather stay home, but we have to see what happens after the season."

At Rutgers, Gross has a strong familiarity with the program. He has three former teammates – Gary Nova, Darius Hamilton and Leonte Carroo – and a former coach – Anthony Campanile – on the staff. Gross is also close with defensive line coach Jim Panagos.

"Coach Panagos loves me and all of those guys love me," Gross said. "I just look up to those guys. I have a really serious bond with some of them and we just talk every day."

Gross is also an accomplished high-school wrestler and would consider continuing his career in college. Last year, Gross defeated Eric McMullen for a state title.

"I'm a state champ, so I have a lot going there," he said. "It all depends on the money. I'm looking for who's going to give me the best opportunity to be me, be happy at which school I choose."

Whether it is as a Division I walk-on, a scholarship player or wrestler, Gross plans to be involved in college athletics.

"Every day I step on this field I have something to prove," Gross said. "That is nothing new. A lot of people doubt me and say I won't go anywhere because of my size. I just come out on the field and just perform. I don't even worry about that. I just have to prove everybody wrong."

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