Rutgers Football: Total Recruits Hit Sweet 16 as Another Prospect Commits

Mark BatorAnalyst IIAugust 30, 2012

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 09:  Fans of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights rush the field after their team defeated the Louisville Cardinals 28-25 at Rutgers Stadium on November 9, 2006 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Rutgers football program got another boost when the class of 2013 got its 16th verbal commitment.

Safety Bryant Gross from Plantation, Fla., has become the latest Rutgers prospect-turned-recruit when he gave the program his verbal commitment on August 24.

Gross, a student at the American Heritage School, is 6'0", 190 lbs and has a time of 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

A 2-star prospect (, Gross is the ninth defensive recruit for the Scarlet Knights and the third safety (along with fellow recruits Anthony Cioffi and T.J. Taylor) of the class of 2013.

Gross had also received offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Georgia State, Hawaii, LSU, Memphis, Purdue, Tennessee State, Tulane, Utah State and Western Michigan (h/t ESPN).

ESPN's rating system categorized Gross as a 3-star prospect, stating that he "has some upside and potential scheme versatility if a program is patient in his development."

With several defensive backs poised to graduate after the 2012 season, including Marcus Cooper, Duron Harmon, Brandon Jones, Mason Robinson and Wayne Warren, Gross is almost certain to contribute to the team as a freshman.

Also eligible to contribute next season is recent South Carolina transfer athlete Sheldon Royster. Royster, who must sit out this season as a transfer student [as reported by Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger on], will join the Scarlet Knights as a safety in the Rutgers secondary.

By joining the Scarlet Knights, Royster—the former St. Peter’s Prep graduate—will be reunited with his former high school teammates Keith Lumpkin and Savon Huggins.

While the verbal commitment of Bryant Gross adds to a recruiting class which has been heavily focused on the defense, Rutgers still has not gotten a prospect with higher than a 3-star rating under Kyle Flood.