June 23, 2011
Tide making a run at Gross
The University of Alabama has had recent success recruiting the quarterback position, pulling in AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims in consecutive years. The Crimson Tide is at it again this year, making a run at dual-threat quarterback William Gross out of Memphis, Tenn.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound quarterback recently took a visit to Alabama where he talked to coaches about what style quarterback they would like him to be at the next level.
"They want me as a pocket quarterback," Gross said. "But like I said, I can get around too. I can move. I can do whatever."
At Melrose High School, Gross has had experience as both a pocket passer and as a spread quarterback.
At the next level, he said he would prefer to move to a more pro-style offense.
"I prefer when I get to college, a pro-style," Gross said. "I mean it doesn't matter, but I would prefer to be in pro-style. "
One thing Gross likes about Alabama is its ability to send their quarterbacks to the NFL, with the recent successes such as Greg McElroy, John Parker Wilson and Brodie Croyle. Gross wouldn't mind adding himself to the list.
"They send all of their quarterbacks to the pros," Gross said. "They give everybody a chance. I want the opportunity, and I'm going to get it regardless of what anybody says."
Alabama has already offered multiple quarterbacks in the class of 2012. Gross said coaches notified him that the team will be taking two quarterbacks in this year's class.
Though Gross holds an offer from Alabama, he will not be eligible to receive a scholarship until he gets his ACT score up.
Gross has yet to qualify, but plans on retaking the ACT soon.
Gross will be back in Tuscaloosa on July 17 to take part in drills in front of coaches. He plans to visit Mississippi State, LSU, North Carolina, and Kentucky.
Gross does not yet have a list of leaders, however, he said he plans on naming one in the coming weeks.
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