Emerging JUCO TE Koby Gross Talks FSU Offer and Recruiting

Tight ends are a big piece of Mike Norvell’s offense, so with that being said Florida State is actively looking to bring in several tight ends for the 2021 class. One of the tight ends will more than likely come from the JUCO route. This past week Koby Gross emerged as a possible target for FSU, and yesterday the Seminoles offered him a scholarship. We spoke to him about the offer and about his developing recruitment.

Diablo Valley College tight end Koby Gross is a 6’3”, 235-pound offensive weapon from Pittsburg, CA. Florida State has identified Gross as a tight end target for this recruiting cycle, resulting in a scholarship offer yesterday. 

“Recruiting is going really good right now and FSU is on me really heavy right now,” said Gross. “FSU started recruiting me through Twitter when Coach Thomsen reached out to me. We’ve been talking about when I graduate JUCO and have been building a really good relationship. Coach Thomsen offered me so we were talking about official visits and how they want me to get on one as soon as possible.”

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While hailing from the west coast Koby says playing college football in the south is one of his goals.

“Getting the offer from FSU means a lot to me and they are definitely one of the schools I am considering,” said Gross. “I have family in Florida, and if I decide to go there my family here would come with me. I’ve always wanted to play football in the south. Schools like FSU, Florida, Miami, LSU, and those types. I went to the FSU vs Florida game last year.”

Koby ended up at JUCO due to a combination of not being recruited and not having the core classes. He says he’s taken advantage of the opportunities given and is looking forward to the next step in his football career.

“When I came out of high school I only had a few offers and I also didn’t have the right core classes,” said Gross. “My grades and test scores were fine. I took last season off and I am ahead of everything now. I’ll play this fall and plan on graduating in May. If I can stay ahead of the game I will have 4 years to play 3.”

Florida State is a school Koby has always watched. The rich football tradition is something that has caught his attention, and now there is an offense under Mike Norvell that uses the tight end in a multitude of ways.

“Watching college football and the success they’ve always had is why I am interested in FSU,” said Gross. “I like how the staff uses their tight ends in the offense. I think it is a great fit for me and I like the offense. The JUCO I am at will use me all over the field like they do. Coach Thomsen said I am a player that they think can play all downs and wouldn’t come off of the field. Coach Thomsen said they are looking for a JUCO tight end and Coach Norvell said he likes my versatility and how I can play outside, slot, or be an in-line blocker.”

There are a bunch of schools talking to Koby but they are holding off waiting to see how he does during the early half of this season. 

“Louisville, Nebraska, Cal, UCLA, Arizona, TCU, and some others have been talking to me,” said Gross. “They are waiting on the first three-game film to see how I do. I can’t wait to get out there and play and compete. I wish it would hurry up and get here. I know that with COVID-19 that the season may be different. We could play a regular type of season, play 9 games with no playoff, and there is some talk we may wait until spring to play. I’m excited to get going.”

It is clear that FSU has targeted Koby as a priority for them in the 2021 class.  Stay tuned as we’ll track his recruitment and upcoming season.

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