Name: Alex Gruss
High school: Bishop Carroll Catholic
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