Comfortable with Rutgers before his arrival this week, Gross-Armiento spoke with ScarletReport.com about his readiness to compete for time at safety.
"Every freshman wants that chance to play," Gross-Armiento said. At the end of the day, it might take longer, but it's about development and you can't let it bother you. Freshmen can still play their positions and work hard. Absolutely, I'm bringing the mindset that I want to play. For the next four or five years, however long it takes, I want to compete."
Rutgers lost safety Duron Harmon to the NFL, where he went in the third round to the New England Patriots. Also losing the depth provided by Mason Robinson, who spent rookie camp with the New York Jets, reps can be won for freshmen in the secondary.
Gross-Armiento brings experience on special teams and at safety and looks to push for immediate playing time as an early summer enrollee.
Coming in as a freshman, you have to earn your time," Gross-Armiento said. "I'm not going to have the mindset of a freshman. I've been here before and I'm just ready to fit right in and contribute.
"There's nothing to expect. I feel prepared, like I know what to expect when I get there. I'm just ready to work."
Looking to pursue a career in medicine, Rutgers and the upcoming medical opportunities stood out and will be a focus in his studies.
"It's exciting," he said. "It's a new chapter in my life. It's something that I always dreamed of and it's finally here. I'm going to make the best of it. I'm going to work in the classroom just as hard as I would on the football field. I'm ready to work all summer."
Gross-Armiento enrolled and began classes Tuesday alongside three others. A 6-foot, 190-pound safety, Gross-Armiento closely followed the workout plan given to him by strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole and feels physically ready for college workouts.
"I've just been training hard after school," he said. "I've been working hard on my change of direction and my lifting. I'm getting my body ready for Rutgers. I'm working out constantly. That's it."