It is tough enough to get attention playing at a small school in a huge metropolis like Los Angeles, Houston or Atlanta. It is even harder when you play at a small school in midsized towns like Fresno, but if you work hard and are proactive, plus have the skills necessary to play on the D-I level, sooner or later word of your ability will get out.
That's what's happening for sleeper linebacker/tight end Sullivan Grosz (6-4, 4.85) from Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial.
Grosz is a hard worker who went to several camps to be seen and work on his football skills. He attended the NIKE held in Palo Alto last May. He took in two Cal camps, and also camped with Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame and San Diego State.
Grosz certainly has measurable that D-I schools look for. He runs the pro shuttle in a very good 4.25 and has recorded a 31.5 vertical. He also has a 6-foot-9 inch wingspan.
In the weight room, Grosz squats 455, benches 305 and power cleans 285. All are outstanding lifts.
As a junior, Grosz earned all-league honors after accounting for 120 tackles, two deflected passes and one interception.
Even though, San Joaquin Memorial is off to a slow 0-2 start, due in part to a tough schedule, Grosz has played off the charts. In two games, he has already accounted for over 35 tackles.
The scouting report on Grosz is he's very coachable, and has leadership skills. He's the kind of player who shows up early and stays late. He has a tremendous work ethic. He's the kind of player who shows up early and stays late.
Grosz brings versatility to the table and could end up playing several positions on the D-I level. He's an intense player who does everything in his power to become better, he prides himself as a guy who won't get outworked.
Though, Grosz plays linebacker on the high school level, most D-I schools are recruiting him as a defensive lineman.
Since September 1st, Grosz has received phone calls from Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Colorado, Fresno State, San Diego State, UC-Davis and Sacramento State.
Fresno State's head coach Pat Hill came by a recent practice.
Grosz has been to UCLA for their scrimmage in August and the first two Bruin games of the season.
Most schools are waiting to see a few games of his senior season, before offering.
What is Grosz looking for in a school?
"Academics are very important to me," Grosz said. "I want to attend a school that cares about my GPA and test scores.
"Good coaching will also be part of it," Grosz said. "How they coach their players and the stability of the staff will also be considerations."
Grosz is an outstanding student who carries a 4.05 GPA and scored a 1500 SAT and a 22 ACT, both are qualifying scores, but he will retake the SAT in hopes to get an even better score.