Brockport (N.Y.) defensive back Cory Gross Jr. hit the road hard in recruiting over recent days with Rutgers as one of the most memorable stops.
Gross, who holds four verbal scholarship offers, hit Rutgers, Temple, Villanova and Monmouth in the last four days. Rutgers, where he watched Saturday's practice, showed him serious interest, he said.
“They said I'm top 10 on their board for defensive backs,” Gross said. “I felt they were very interested. I liked them a lot, and I think they liked me, too. It was a good experience. It felt like a good place to be. It was intense. There wasn't anyone walking around being lackadaisical. People kept going.”
Kevin Dobes from player development showed Gross the ropes. During practice, Gross spoke with co-defensive coordinators Bill Busch and Jay Niemann and cornerback Henry Baker.
“They told me it's a process,” Gross said. “It's a process for the team. It's not happening overnigh, but they're trying to change the tradition and get rolling.”
“They both jumped out,” Gross said. “They were just aggressive the whole day. I don't even think they were at full health, but they were going at it.”
Rutgers likes Gross in its nickel, strongside role, he said. After the Scarlet Knights signed Syhiem Simmons to the position in 2017, Gross wants to show his versatility in spring evaluation.
“I don't think they've seen me play a complete corner position, yet,” Gross said. “I don't think they see me as a true corner. I want to show them that I can play, period. I'll play where they need me but I can do pure corner or a pure safety.”
Gross plays Saturday at the Maryland Flex 7-on-7 with a possible Virginia visit while in the area.