Kyle Flood received some good news before the weekend. The Rutgers head coach received the 16th commitment for the 2013 class with a solid verbal from Bryant Gross. Gross, from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., is listed at 6’1’’ and 190lbs. He is choosing the Scarlet Knights over Purdue, but also had offers from schools like LSU and Memphis.
There are several factors that were of importance to Gross in deciding where he wanted to continue his football career after high school. Essentially it came down to football, academics and environment. Gross appears intrigued by the direction of the Knights under Flood, who was impressive on signing day for the 2012 class. Academically, Gross wants to attend medical school after graduating and Rutgers has one of the best medical schools in the country. Environmentally, Gross takes comfort in the fact that he has family not too far away in New York and in Monmouth County, N.J.
Another appealing aspect to Gross was where Rutgers wanted to use him on the field. Many schools have been recruiting Gross to play safety, where he has extensive playing experience, but Gross wants to play cornerback. Rutgers appears very comfortable having Gross play where he is feels he can impact the game most. His experience at safety probably attributes to the superb vision that Gross consistently displays while on the field.
This is a very solid pickup for the Knights. Gross is a big and physical corner with excellent speed. You really have to give Flood credit for what he’s got going on in Piscataway. Granted, he has to prove it throughout the season with wins, as assembling talent only gets you so far. By continuing to sign players like Gross, Rutgers will be back on track for regularly competing for Big East Championships.
The Big East is gaining some solid teams in the next few seasons, and they all have very potent offenses, with aerial attacks being the specialty. Gross can be a solid impact player in defending such powerful attacks. With another signing class like Flood just signed this past February, it’s going to be tough to imagine the Knights not being in the mix for a conference title.