Gross Discusses WVU Decision

Marvin Gross

Dunbar High (Baltimore) defensive end Marvin Gross had West Virginia as his top choice, and Thursday he acted on it by committing. He spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about his decision.

Dunbar High (Baltimore) defensive end Marvin Gross sat down with his coach to talk about where the recruiting process stood, and West Virginia was his clear-cut favorite.

He is now a Mountaineer.

The 6-foot2-, 210-pound Gross called the West Virginia coaching staff to commit, and is now part of a Mountaineers class that is accentuating the need to add speed to the defense.

"I called coach (Dana) Holgorson and told him I wanted to be part of the program," Gross said. "It's a big weight off of my shoulders, off of my family's shoulders and it takes to the stress off about where I'm going to go, where I'm going to fit in, what I like and don't like about schools.

"It just felt good, and going there made me feel like I was still home."

Gross, who had 31 sacks as a junior, said he has 24 this season as the playoffs approach. He uses his speed off the edge to get up the field, and said he will do the same thing at West Virginia, where he was recruited to play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position.

"I will be able to do what I do now, which is get to the quarterback," Gross said. "Offenses won't know exactly what I'm doing because I'll be dropping back sometimes into coverage."

Gross made an unofficial visit to West Virginia earlier this season, and said he liked everything about the program and the campus.

"It was nice because I felt like I fit in," he said. "I liked the coaches and the campus and everything about it. It's a nice place and I felt comfortable there."

The commitment also gives Gross the opportunity to meet up with former Dunbar teammate and West Virginia signee Deontay McManus, who is spending this fall as a post-graduate as he works to become eligible.

"I know he's working hard to get there," Gross said. "We don't talk every day or every few days, but I know he is doing his best to get there."

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