Recruiting Report – Issac Gross

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gross remains firm in Ole Miss commitment

By Angie Ledbetter

Ole Miss commit Issac Gross kicks off this special segment of The Panolian’s Recruiting Roundup for 2012.

Official signing day is Wednesday, February 1, which is the first day that recruits can sign scholarship offers to the schools of their choice.

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Looking over offers from Tennesee, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State and Memphis, Gross chose to go through the coaching changes at Ole Miss. New coach Hugh Freeze paid Gross a visit and he remains committed to playing for the Rebels following his stellar high school career at South Panola.

Thursday, Gross played his final high school football game in the on ESPN at the fifth Annual Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Fla.

The 6’2”/265 senior defensive end played on the white team that dominated the game defeating the black team 49-16.

Gross ended the game with three tackles, two sacks and a blocked extra point attempt.

Gross said his time spent there was a great experience.

“It was a bunch of guys there that were All-Americans at their school. But once you stepped in that program, just like when you step in a college program, there are more great players than just you. But it was nice to play with all them.”

Gross said when they arrived  they “clicked and bonded” from the beginning.

“The tempo of the game got me ready for college. The 15 minute quarters weren’t as bad as I thought they were going to be. It was fun to play on that big field and on a jumbotron.”

The best experience Gross said he gained from the week and the game was showing people that Mississippi players have a lot of talent.

Gross verbally committed to Ole Miss in the spring of 2011.