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FSU Lands JUCO TE Koby Gross – “They’re Ready for me to put on a show in an FSU jersey”

Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has made it known that tight ends are vital to the success of his offense. Today the Seminoles landed one of the top JUCO tight ends in the nation when Diablo Valley College’s Koby Gross committed to FSU. We spoke with Koby before his announcement to talk about what led to his decision to become a Seminole.

Despite sitting out last year to focus solely on academics, Koby Gross has seen interest in his recruitment vastly increase over the past month. Florida State was the first school to officially offer Gross, a factor that held a lot of weight in Koby’s mind. While other schools started coming in Koby knew that once he got the FSU offer he knew how things would unfold. Today he announced on Twitter that he was committing to FSU.


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“Coach Thomsen called me earlier in the week and was talking about me taking an official visit, about when it would be best for me to come,” said Gross. “I was kind of confused because I didn’t think I had the offer. Coach Norvell talked to me a bit on Twitter this past week, and Coach Thomsen said he had the go ahead to offer me. I knew it then I was going to commit.”

“FSU is the first school to offer me and they’ve showed the most faith in me,” continued Gross. “I mean, they offered without any game film from this year. I had sent them some stuff of me working out which they liked. I am really excited about this! It’s the little stuff with them – I feel they really care about me. Coach Thomsen said once I posted that I had the offer from FSU a lot of schools were going to show interest, which did happen. FSU is just the perfect fit.”

The biggest factor for Gross regarding choosing FSU is how they use their tight ends. He feels Norvell’s offense will showcase his skills better than any offense in college and says he’s ready to go.

“I committed to Coach Thomsen and Coach Norvell on FaceTime,” said Gross. “They were excited and super fired up when I told them I was ready to commit. I’m supposed to have a Zoom call with the offensive coordinator here soon. I’ve been watching a lot of what Coach Norvell did at Memphis. He likes versatile tight ends, which I am. He uses them all over the field and I just think I am a great fit there.”

Going to JUCO is arguably the hardest route to go in order to get into a big-time college program. Koby invested in himself, a gamble that paid off in bunches as he’s now committed to one of the best programs in the history of college football.

“I am surprised this happened when it did, not really that it did,” explained Gross. “I saw it coming because of the work I was putting in. I made the decision to go to JUCO towards the end of my senior season because I wanted more offers. JUCO is a lot different than regular college because the support isn’t really there and you have to do things yourself and really apply yourself. It is a hard road. I am glad I sat out last year to focus on academics and getting my physique right. I am ahead of the game and will be graduating next May. The coaches want me to keep working hard, and they are ready for me to put on a show in an FSU jersey.”

Koby is the second tight end for the 2021 class and should provide immediate support for the Noles in 2021. 

Stay tuned as we track Gross’ upcoming season.


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