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WVU Receiver Helps Guide 2013 Prospect Marvin Gross in Decision


Sometimes when a high school prospect is on campus, the fans of that university's program will throw on their recruiting hat and try making the case for why they should not leave without giving a commitment.

It didn't take long for Marvin Gross to experience this firsthand when he was in Morgantown for West Virginia's Gold-Blue Game.

"I had my Dunbar [High School in Baltimore, Md.] gear on and a dude came up to me and asked who I was and told me that he was following my career and asked why I hadn't already committed to West Virginia," Gross recalls, laughing.

A 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end, Gross (Junior season highlights) hails from the same high school as WVU star receiver Tavon Austin. The two never shared the field together during their prep careers, but from growing up in Baltimore they became familiar and eventually close with each other.

That relationship is helping Gross now as he begins to get serious about his search for a college team.

"He's like a big brother to me," Gross says of Austin. "I definitely talk to him about West Virginia. He told me to think about it long and hard and make my decision based upon what fits me. We talk about anything that I need advice on and he's always there for me to talk to."

Austin's advice for Gross to pick the right fit based on his own reasons and not what anyone else tries to convince him of is the best approach a prospect can take. At this point, there are six schools who have offered scholarships to Gross on a list that he hopes will grow as he enters his senior year.

West Virginia is joined by Northern Illinois, Rutgers, UTEP, Wake Forest and Washington as schools with offers on the table for Gross' services.

"I'm trying to see what each school can offer me as a player and in my education," he says. "I think that's what's going to help me make my decision and I'm nowhere near that point."

Working to get him to that point with West Virginia is Mountaineers cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts.

The former NFL coach left Morgantown shortly after the spring game to begin recruiting on the road in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Along the way, he has plans to stop by Dunbar and meet with Gross and his coaches.

Gross says Roberts has told him plenty about the program and about the way he would be utilized in West Virginia's new defensive scheme.

"They said I would be a rushing linebacker," says Gross. "I think I fit into a 3-4 anyway because I can stand up and rush the passer. I definitely think I fit into the defense."

But those factors do not seem to be what will ultimately lead to a commitment for Gross. As is the case with many recruits, the bond and comfort level with the coaching staff will go a long way in reeling in this defensive prospect.

"[Roberts] could do everything under the sun, but unless we have a great connection and I feel comfortable, I don't know how it would affect my decision," says Gross. "Our relationship is getting better and better every time we talk. He's a great guy. I love talking to Coach Roberts. He's funny and we keep in touch as we're building this relationship."

Saturday marked the second visit Gross has made to Morgantown and the first in which he really got a feel as to what the team will look like in action, even if only for a spring game.

"It was a great experience," he says. "I got shown a lot of love while I was there and I loved the game. I loved it."

If Gross makes a return trip to WVU, it will likely be an official visit for an actual game, which should give him an even better experience as he continues to weigh his options and seek out the right fit that Austin told him to find.

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