THE THIN ONE
Height Weight: 6 ft 6, 218 lbs.
Hometown / High School: Milwaukee, WI (Rey HS)
Classification: ★★★★ (0.9293 247 Sports compound)
Notable offers: Iowa, Michigan, State of Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin
There really isn’t much in history here. Penn State offered Cross on April 30, and despite not having visited since then (for obvious reasons), it’s clear that the Nittany Lions made a big impression on Cross. He was determined to announce his engagement on Friday, July 17, but postponed his engagement until July 28, when he called on the Nittany Lions.
One can only imagine, but Mike Gesicki and Pat Freiermuth probably have a lot to do with this commitment.
Despite being from a large area like Milwaukee, Cross doesn’t exactly play top-notch competition, making it difficult to get so much out of his movie. I mean, he’s absolutely overbearing, which is what you want to see, but he’s a 6-foot-6-inch freak athlete who only makes 5-foot-10 defensive backs look silly.
Despite the quality of the opposition, Cross clearly has the potential to be a Top 100 recruit, and more importantly, a very good tight end at the next level. He is a large 6-foot-6-inch, 218-pound, shows good body control, and already shows soft hands with the ability to catch the ball away from his body.
From a depth chart point of view, Cross will likely join a busy closed room with Zack Kuntz, senior Brenton Strange, and sophomores Theo Johnson and Tyler Warren. That said, if Penn State doesn’t take a tight end in the 2021 class, it could lead to early game time for Cross. So even if you can’t see the field right away in Happy Valley, in the long run, Cross’s path to playing time is pretty clear.