Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 218 pounds
Hometown/High School: Milwaukee, WI (King H.S.)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.9293 247Sports Composite)
Notable Offers: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin
There really isn’t much to the story here. Penn State offered Cross back on April 30, and despite not visiting since then (for the obvious reasons), it’s clear that the Nittany Lions made a big impression on Cross. He was set to announce his commitment Friday July 17, but postponed his commitment until July 28, when he made the call for the Nittany Lions.
One can only imagine, but Mike Gesicki and Pat Freiermuth likely have a lot to do with this commitment.
Despite being from a big area like Milwaukee, Cross doesn’t exactly play top-tier competition, so it’s tough to take all that much from his film. I mean, he’s absolutely dominant which is what you want to see, but it’s a 6-foot-6 freak athlete just making 5-foot-10 defensive backs look like fools.
Despite the quality of the opposition, Cross clearly has the potential to be a Top 100 recruit — and more importantly — a really good tight end at the next level. He has great size at 6-foot-6, 218 pounds, displays good body control, and already shows soft hands with the ability to catch the ball away from his body.
From a depth chart perspective, Cross will likely be joining a crowded tight end room with a redshirt senior Zack Kuntz, redshirt junior Brenton Strange, and sophomores/redshirt freshmen Theo Johnson and Tyler Warren. That being said, if Penn State doesn’t take a tight end in the 2021 class, it could lead to early playing time for Cross. So while he might not see the field right away in Happy Valley, in the longterm, Cross’ path to playing time is pretty clear.