Syracuse had several talented prospects on campus for Saturday's matchup with South Florida. One of the priority visitors was 2018 defensive back Cory Gross from Brockport (N.Y.) High. Gross was able to spend time with the Orange coaching staff, and came away with a strong impression of them.
"Some of the coolest guys I've ever met," Gross said. "We talked about how I'm doing. How the season is going and how I could make an impact there."
Gross was able to go onto the sidelines during pre-game festivities and check out the game in person. Previously, Gross has been to the Carrier Dome for a basketball game. This was his first time there for football.
"Way more hyped," Gross said. "The Dome feels like you're playing further south than you really are. It was fast paced, bodies going in and out every play. And they're still developing seeing that they just got a new coach. I think I could come and help on either side of the ball."
Entering the visit, Gross was very high on the Orange. Being the big in-state school and the closest power five program, and offer from Syracuse would mean a lot to the junior standout. Even with his strong interest prior to the trip, the visit only enhanced his feelings towards SU.
"It raised the bar," Gross said. "The Dome is awesome and I believe once Babers gets the personnel with the athleticism he needs in the system, it'll be a different team. But I noticed they're young and inexperienced. Babers is working with what he has for now, but it's definitely going to work out.
"Can't lie. I was intrigued."
Up next for Gross is the potential for a busy October. He has received unofficial visit invitations from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Temple to attend a game next month. He is still trying to see if they will work within his schedule, but it's clear interest in Gross is on the rise.