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April 26, 2011

A growing list for Gross

Owning numerous Division I offers and from the likes of Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Louisville, Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose junior William Gross has taken in a few visits this spring. The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound quarterback caught both SEC programs in the Magnolia State this spring, including a trip to see Ole Miss' spring game.

"I went to Ole Miss for their spring game and it went pretty good," said Gross, who threw for 1,885 yards and 22 touchdowns and also rushed for 843 yards and nine scores last year. "They impressed me a lot. I liked how their coaches communicated well with their players. The most enjoying part was watching their quarterbacks. I played against Barry Brunetti in high school but this was my first time seeing him in college and he impressed me a lot."

Earlier this month, Gross also made a return trip to Starkville to check out the Bulldogs in spring practice.

"I went to Mississippi State and I plan to go back there next month and also go to their summer camp," said Gross, who also attended MSU's first junior day. "Out of everybody that has offered or interested in me, they are the program sticking out the most because of the way they run their offense. I just love their offense and their offensive sets.

"Plus, their offensive guys have been together now for a couple of years and you could see they rarely missed a beat in practice. They go hard and I love that."

Behind the Bulldogs on his favorites' list is another SEC program, said Gross.

"Kentucky is also standing out to me behind Mississippi State," said Gross. "I like their coaches and their head coach is very young and he understands me well. I still want to see more of them and I hope to do that this summer.

"I guess the other schools in my Top 5 would be Vanderbilt, Memphis and then Arkansas State. Colorado is also starting to show some interest and I want to see how that goes, too."

Later this spring and summer, Gross already has a full plate of visits to camps and combines, including a pair of Elite 11 camps.

"I have two Elite 11 camps that I have been invited to and one is in Atlanta and one is in Texas," said gross. "I may also go to a Nike combine, too. I am going to camps, too, at Mississippi State, Louisville and LSU. I told Coach K (MSU assistant Les Koenning) I was coming to one of their one-day camps and then I will go to LSU for their camp the next day. LSU's camp is a three-day camp but I will only be there for two days since I promised Coach K I would be at their camp."

As far as his collegiate decision, Gross said that choice could be known after he opens his final prep campaign.

"I really don't have a set time frame right now," noted Gross. "My mom and family want me to do it at one of those Elite 11 camps next month. But I told them I have a lot more visits to take and schools to see after those camps. So it will probably be my senior season when I decide."


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