The West Virginia Mountaineers recently received their 17th verbal commitment in the 2013 class, and boy is it a good one.
Marvin Gross, from powerhouse Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland, is choosing the ‘Neers over a more than a dozen schools. Everyone from the Washington Huskies to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights were clamoring for Gross’s services, and in the end he felt a sense of comfortability with WVU.
Gross is the third Dunbar player in recent memory to go to West Virginia, joining the likes of Tavon Austin and Deontay McManus.
The Mountaineers are getting a superb pass rusher in Gross. The 6’4” 225lb Gross looks an awful lot like former Mountaineer Bruce Irvin, both in a physical sense and a playing style. That playing style is predicated on speed, speed and more speed. Gross is incredibly quick, has active hands and gets good extension. His countermove is well developed for such a young player.
Granted, Gross is going to have to get bigger and stronger to be able to go against the hogmollies in the Big 12, but that shouldn’t be a big problem. Most defensive ends coming out of high school aren’t physically ready for life in the trenches, so Gross isn’t an anomaly.
Gross is being looked at to play the ‘Buck’ position, which is like a hybrid defensive end and linebacker. The top priority of the position is to get to the quarterback, something Gross excels at. Gross has a combined 55 sacks the last two years of prep ball.
Is he the next Irvin? Tough to say now, but I think he could be even better.