Four-Star Virginia Tech Target Howard Cross Still “Figuring It Out”

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When his recruitment really got underway before his junior season, St. Joseph’s (NJ) four-star defensive end Howard Cross had an idea of the traits his ideal school would possess. It would include a good business program, highly-ranked academics and of course, a competitive football team.

As the offers have piled up, Cross (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) hasn’t deviated from that original plan. Now at a dozen offers, most recently from Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Northwestern, he is still mulling over his options. But as Cross takes more visits, he could get closer to making a decision.

“It’s still the same thing, just good academics and a pretty good football school,” Cross said. “As long as it’s a good school, I don’t care where it is.”

To this point, the only visit Cross has made was last month for Virginia Tech’s junior day, and he the Hokies impressed.

“I actually liked it a lot,” Cross said. “Everything there was good. I got to see the facilities, tour the campus. It’s just really cool. The academics, I didn’t know it was that good of an academic school until I went.”

Cross, No. 210 in the 2019 Rivals250, said he wants to major in business and likes what Virginia Tech has to offer there.

“We were there and they pulled up the ranks,” Cross said. “It’s like 90, 98 percent of students love Virginia Tech. The average salary out of there is like $55,000, so that caught my attention. That caught my eye for sure. That’s the reason I want to go to a good school, to set me up after football. If I don’t make the NFL, I want to go to a school where I’ll be fine.”

Assistant coach Brian Mitchell has been Cross’ primary recruiter, and Cross has been impressed with Mitchell from the start.

“I think he’s a really great guy and even better coach,” Cross said. “He’s done a good job recruiting me, an extremely good job. Honestly, I’m not sure what it is, I just like it.”

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