“It was heat of the moment when I decided,” Will Gross told TigerAuthority.com “I just kept picturing it (Tuesday morning), over and over and over again. I just couldn’t picture myself in another uniform that morning.”
Gross said he sat down with his family on Tuesday and gave them a list of five. It came down to Memphis and Cincinnati, Gross said, and he pulled the trigger for U of M coach Larry Porter and the Tigers.
“Me and Larry have a great understanding about the situation,” Gross said. “We have a good relationship. We’re really tight.”
Before Gross committed to the Tigers on Tuesday, most speculated that he was a lean to Kentucky. Gross said that after conversations with the coaching staff in Lexington, he decided there would be too much competition at the quarterback position.
“I just chose the Tigers because I have a chance to start right off top,” Gross said. “Kentucky said they gave out four offers already for QB in my class, so I’m laying back thinking about that.”
Gross, rated a 4-star quarterback by Scout.com, said his plan is to visit Cincinnati during the second week of school.
“They have a big chance (to get me),” Gross said, “but Larry (Porter) is at the top. I don’t see anyone beating him out unless something changes with the coaching staff.”
Before committing to the Tigers, Gross had a bevy of offers from SEC schools, namely Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Alabama has also expressed interest.
“SEC schools are still calling me every day,” Gross said. “It’s a big chance that anybody can have me. I’m just focused on my senior season (at Melrose).”
Although he admitted he’s keeping his recruitment open, Gross said he’s still reaching out to Memphis-area players like Ridgeway’s Sheldon Dawson and Olive Branch’s D’Arthur Cowan and that he wants to have the biggest recruiting class in the history of the U of M.
“I just want some people to stay at home for me,” Gross said. “They can go to the pros from anywhere.”
Gross said that, should he ultimately honor his commitment to the U of M, he’ll bring a dynamic that Porter and the Tigers are lacking.
“He doesn’t have a special weapon right now,” Gross said. “He doesn’t have an athlete like me. I’m just bringing to the table my smartness. I just love the game of football. I’m going to bring my all whatever I do.”