Growing up in Florida, Gross saw his first snow in style, under the Saturday night lights of Manhattan.
"When I was up there, that was my first snow," Gross said. "It worked out well. I walked out of Dave & Busters and I just saw snow and it hit me right in the face. I thought it was fake snow at first, you know, something wild in the city. But I realized it was real snow and it kept falling. I played in it a little while."
Gross has had Rutgers on his mind since committing during training camp, so he only took one official visit during the recruiting process. Returning home just in time to watch two Scarlet Knights start in the Super Bowl, Gross said the visit lived up to expectations.
"It was a reassurance that Rutgers is the right place and I have the right decision," Gross said. "I've seen the school before, so there was nothing I really didn't know about it. A lot of the visit was second nature. I felt more comfortable knowing that I was going there. I had a great time."
Sophomore linebacker Quanzell Lambert hosted Gross. Lambert, who is in the labor-intensive engineering program, gave Gross plenty of advice on time management.
Gross committed to Rutgers with academics at the forefront. He plans to study sports medicine for a career in the field.
"Quanzell seemed like a pretty nice guy and, just from being around him the whole weekend, I realized about how Rutgers has great people," Gross said. "It's not just great athletes, but great academic, great social stuff. Getting to meet so many guys on the team, I'm excited that I'll be starting off with friends."
After his official visit, Gross said he is ready to fax in his National Letter of Intent first thing Wednesday morning and start preparing for Rutgers.
"I have a lot of excitement, but it's also going to be a relief to get it done," Gross said. "…I'm ready to sign."