Alex Gruss: Marietta soccer

Name: Alex Gruss

High school: Bishop Carroll Catholic

Hometown: Portage

Sport: Soccer

Position: Attacking Midfield

College choice: Marietta

Other colleges considered: St. Francis, Penn State Altoona

Why I picked Marietta: “Primarily, I chose Marietta for the strong Petroleum and Leadership programs. Athletically, I like what Coach Bergin is trying to do with bringing in 18 recruits. He is creating a bright future.”

Greatest high school achievement: All-state

Coach Nick Damin’s quote: “Everyone in the Bishop Carroll soccer program is very proud of Alex’s accomplishments. He has been a great ambassador for our program both on the field and in the classroom. I am confident that he will continue to pursue a high level of excellence at Marietta College. The coaches at Marietta will be fortunate to have a player of Alex’s caliber joining their program. We wish Alex the best of luck at the next level.”

How I got my start playing soccer: “AYSO was the first place that I found my passion for soccer. My first competitive soccer experience was with a travel team based out of Hollidaysburg.”

Favorite college growing up: North Carolina

Other interests: Track, driving my Jeep Wrangler, Spanish

What getting to play in college means to me: “This step means a lot to me. I’ve been working for this since my freshman year. Developing next year will be key to my dream of playing in the PDL league under the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.”

Probable college major: Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Parents: Eric and Cathy Gruss