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January 17, 2013

Gross-Armiento ready for Rutgers

With Signing Day nearing, Rutgers will welcome a host of new players to its football family. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) senior Bryant Gross-Armiento will be among those new players and will have the opportunity to make an early push for playing time as a true freshman.

With three of Rutgers' top four cornerbacks gone from last year's time, the coaching staff will be in search of some new players to step into those empty shoes.

"I'm very excited, but even if those other guys weren't leaving, I'd still be excited. I'm just fortunate to have a chance to come in there and compete," Gross-Armiento said.

Gross played both cornerback and safety at the high school level, but the RU coaching staff seems to have one position in mind for him at this point in time.

"I'm hearing corner but I'm willing to play wherever the coaches need me to play," Gross-Armiento said. "I like corner better than safety. I played both in high school."

Gross-Armiento is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and the 54th-ranked safety in the nation. In addition to his physical attributes, Gross-Armiento talked about another aspect of his game that has helped him through his high school career.

"I actually know what the guys around me are doing and not just myself. Knowing what the guys around you are doing also can help you cheat a little bit and help you gamble. So just knowing my spot and their spots can give me the upper hand."

This spring semester, Rutgers will bring in six true freshman, who are also part of the 2013 recruiting class. But Gross admitted he did not consider the possibility of enrolling early along with those fellow freshmen.

"I actually haven't even thought about that or what the future holds," he said. "I have just been taking every day one day at a time. Nowadays, you never know where you are going to be tomorrow. I just try to soak in every day that comes."

Now that his high school season is over, Gross-Armiento is continuing to work towards his future.

"I've just been training. I'm just trying to get any advantage I can going into training camp," Gross-Armiento said. "I'm doing workouts, whatever it may be, so I can get that starting job. Right now, I'm 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. I'm actually trying to get a little leaner and not carry heavy weight."

Very soon, Gross-Armiento will officially become a Scarlet Knight as Signing Day is only three weeks away.

"It's right around the corner," he acknowledged. "I know it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not everybody gets that opportunity. I'm going to enjoy as much as I can. It's only one day and after that day comes, I'll happy to be a Scarlet Knight."

Gross-Armiento will get another chance to visit Rutgers before Signing Day. On the weekend of February 1st, he will take his official visit to Piscataway.

"I'm a Florida guy so the cold and me are different," he lightheartedly remarked. "But I'm excited and I'm looking forward to it."

Gross-Armiento recently added the second part to his last name in honor of his adopted family, the Armientos. Coincidentally, Gross said that is one of the things he'll miss most when he eventually leaves south Florida and arrives at Rutgers University as a college freshman.

"I going to miss my family. I'm really fortunate to have a great family who cares about me."

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