Brockport (N.Y.) High defensive back Cory Gross Jr. is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2018 class in the Empire State. Gross has a bigger frame at 6-foot-2. That gives him positional versatility as he could play cornerback, safety or outside linebacker at the collegiate level.
He recently attended a camp at in-state Syracuse, and enjoyed his time working with the coaches.
"I think the camp went well," Gross said. "I learned that all you have to do is compete and listen to the advice given. I did good (and) put up some good numbers overall."
Gross ran a 4.64 40 at the Syracuse camp, which is a solid result for a bigger bodied safety or potentially a linebacker. If he can consistently get that number into the 4.5's, offers as a defensive back will sure follow.
"There's still room for improvement technique wise," Gross admitted. "For just running it once without any adjustments made, it wasn't bad."
Gross said he enjoyed working with the Orange coaches, and was impressed by the way they teach.
"I loved the way they coached," he said. "It was high intensity and upbeat. The techniques they taught were great. Most of them I have worked on myself and working with them was a great experience."
The Western New York star said the Syracuse coaches told him he was a great player and liked the way he competed. They said they will stay in touch.
Gross remains interested in Syracuse, especially after hearing head coach Dino Babers intensity and passion during the event. Gross has also camped at Maryland, Villanova as well as other places.