Early Decision Expected
Adam Gress
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jun 21, 2008


Adam Gress says he now favors West Virginia and Michigan solidly over Penn State and Virginia. Neither the Nittany Lions nor the Cavaliers have offered yet. He plans on going to both their camps this summer. "I think if I do well at the Penn State camp that they will offer," Gress said. "Penn State has been recruiting me a lot and they've mentioned offering before, so I think they will..."

Adam Gress, the 6-foot-7, 290-pound three-star offensive tackle from Mifflin Area High School in West Mifflin, Pa., has scholarship offers from Ohio, Kent State, Miami (Oh) , UCF , West Virginia, Michigan and Rutgers.

He says he now favors West Virginia and Michigan solidly over Penn State and Virginia. Neither the Nittany Lions nor the Cavaliers have offered yet. He plans on going to both their camps this summer, hoping to generate offers.

"I think if I do well at the Penn State camp that they will offer," Gress said. "Penn State has been recruiting me a lot and they've mentioned offering before, so I think they will.

"Virginia seems to like me, but they haven't said anything about an offer yet," he said.

Gress said that he followed the Nittany Lions as a youngster. "My uncle is an alum and he brought me up on them," he said. "I was raised watching them and it just stuck with me.

"I love the campus at Penn State and all the coaches are great," Gress said. "It's just really impressive there, but the thing that stands out the most is just that love that I had for them as a kid."

State College is only two and half hours from Gress' home but he plays down the importance of location in his decision. "I don't care if I stay close," he said. "But I don't want to go too far away. I'd like my parents to see me play a few games without it being a big hassle. I'd probably like to stay within four to five hours."

The only schools that he has already visited are Michigan (June 8 camp) and Penn State. He's attending the Virginia camp on June 21.

"I like that Virginia plays in the ACC and is always pretty highly ranked," Gress said. "They seem like a solid program and I've heard it's like 'the' campus. It's supposed to be awesome there…the whole town and people."

The school that is recruiting Gress the hardest is Michigan. "They offered a few days after camp and since then they've really been recruiting me hard," he said. "(Offensive line) Coach Grey Frey is really cool. He seems like a good all around coach. He's serious on the field, but has a good sense of humor too.

"The tradition at Michigan is great and everything there is just top-notch," he said.

"Coach Rich Rodriguez has a great reputation and I got a chance to speak with him briefly at the camp," he said. "It was only a bit of small talk, but he seemed like a good guy.

"Michigan is a powerhouse to begin with and I think coach Rod will do great."

Gress is also very interested in coach Rodgriquez's previous coaching stop, West Virginia. "I'd definitely like to check them out," he said. "I hope to get out there within the next few weeks.

"They (West Virginia) are another school that I watched as a kid," Gress said. "It's only like one hour and fifteen minutes away and I've heard the campus is great. I really want a nice family atmosphere and a campus where I can be comfortable.

"I want a big time football program and where they have great tradition and has that college town feel," he said.

"All of these schools have great coaches and facilities and they are all big-time programs," he said. "So it'll probably come down to the little things and just how I feel there.

"My coach and I have talked about when I should commit and we think I'll make an early decision," he said. "I'm going to a camp this weekend and will visit West Virginia in about two weeks, so I should be able to decide soon after that."

Gress, Scout.com's No. 52 offensive tackle, says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 340 and has a 24-inch vertical jump.

"I just play the game how I was taught," he said. "I'm tough out there and just keep going. When it's game time, I just hit it. I play to the whistle and have very good agility and technique.

"Overall, I’m still getting better," he said. "I wouldn't say there's any low points in my game, but I want to improve my coordination and my leg strength."

Gress says he wants to major in either English or Communications. He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 980 SAT.



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