Class of 2017 prospect Marcellous Gossett has energized a once struggling Charger football program with 12 sacks in six games this season, including four sacks and a safety against previous unbeaten Hueneme in the 40-15 thumping of the Vikings on Sept. 30 on the road, elevating the Chargers to a 5-1 mark.
He’s collapsed the pocket and make offensive line coaches cringe for a team that once endured eight losing seasons from 2004 to 2015, but is now one victory away from assuring DP a winning regular season record.
The cat-quick 6-foot-3, 210-pound Gossett credits DP’s coaching philosophy for helping spearhead the improvement, plus turning Gossett into a late bloomer on the recruiting trail.
“Throughout each week, our coaches push us to be the best athletes that we can be,” Gossett told Scout. “Going into this game (against Hueneme), we weren’t intimidated at all. We knew they were undefeated and we handled our business.”
So far, Gossett has heard from the University of San Diego, Cal Poly and San Jose State. Regarding SJSU, Gossett said: “It’s been pretty good (talking with the Spartan coaches). I went to their camp over the summer and I liked it a lot.”
Gossett included that tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Dan Ferrigno has been his main contact at the Silicon Valley campus, who told Gossett that he likes what he does on the offensive side of the ball.
As a two-way player, Gossett is the main possession and red zone target for the Chargers given his tall frame. He’s won his battles against a cover zero scheme by sprinting and out-jumping defenders for the ball. But it’s his play in the defensive trenches, though, that makes him look like a potential hybrid defender for any college; a player who goes between a two or three-point stance and is asked to do one primary thing: attack the quarterback. Gossett finds himself enamored by defense.
“Defensive end is an awesome position and I love it so much,” Gossett said.
While he continues to wreck defensive coverages with his receiving game, blocking schemes with his defensive end play and stay in pursuit of his first offer, he’s smiling at the Chargers’ renaissance.
“Our past three years were pretty bad. But we have an experienced team this year,” Gossett said. “Our chemistry is unbelievable because we’ve all been together since freshman year. We’ve been grinding as hard as we can and obviously, our effort is showing on the field.”