Football has been a constant in the home of Howard Cross III, but the recruiting adventure is new to everyone. A 2019 defensive lineman out of Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, Cross hauled in a trio of scholarship offers this offseason.
Cross' most recent offer came from in-state Rutgers.
“I was really excited to receive the offer, and I was really excited to be able to go and visit Rutgers,” Cross said. “It's a beautiful campus, and it's a beautiful facility when I saw the field.”
Cross, who also has offers from Maryland and N.C. State, is the son of long-time New York Giants tight end Howard Cross.
“Everything I know now, I know from him,” Cross said on his father. “He taught me everything I know. In recruiting, he's like me. He doesn't know what's going on, but football-wise, he's shown me all of the techniques. He's shown me how to work, how to work out, work ethic, everything.”
Cross used his visit to Rutgers practice as a football lesson. He watched defensive line coach Shane Burnham's unit closelt.
“It was very organized and the players always worked their hardest,” Cross said. “I was focused on their defensive line because I'm a D-end. I just focused on what they did in practice. I tried to pick some things up myself. … I learned new technique.”
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash spoke individually with Cross during the visit. Cross visited with teammates, including offered quarterback Nick Patti and safety Evan Stewart.
“I thought that Coach was doing his very best to get the team to where he wants it to be,” Cross said. “He's very, very nice. He really wants me to come to Rutgers.”
Cross said academics will be an important part of a final college decision. He is interested in business.
“As soon as I found out you could go to college for free by playing football, I was excited to get on the field,” Cross said. “When I got my first offer, it was unbelievable. All of these schools are coming to talk to me, it's unreal.”