So far, Phillipsburg’s Treylan Gross has been encouraged with his college football recruiting process.
Gross has a handful of NAIA offers and has received some Division II interest after helping the Panthers to a 13-0 season and Class 2A state championship in his senior season.
Now, the standout running back will have a prime opportunity to attract more college attention in an event designed to do just that for high school players around the country.
Gross will play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Monday in NRG Stadium in Houston, home of the Texans.
“I’m just looking forward to competing against really good athletes, testing my abilities against basically the best athletes around,” Gross said. “I’m so thankful I get this opportunity just to see where I’m at.”
Gross will play for the Go To 49 team, comprised of players from all over the country, facing the Lone Star Team consisting exclusively of players from Texas.
“I think it will be a good opportunity to get some exposure from colleges and see where it goes from there,” Gross said.
It'll be another highlight in a year full of them for Gross. The 6-foot, 204-pound back rushed for a Mid-Continent League-best 1,363 yards, and was second in the league with 22 touchdowns on the ground.
The Panthers were a juggernaut all year long, capping their title run with a 27-0 win over Riley County in the Class 2A state championship game in Salina.
“It was an awesome feeling,” Gross said. “We worked so hard for it before the season and during the season. It just felt like we accomplished something great."
Gross was one four Kansans selected to play in Monday's game, along with Rossville's Tucker Johnson, Parsons' Patrick Loadholtz and Khalif Dennison from Christ Prep Football Academy in Lenexa.
He will look to show off his running ability in the game.
“I would like to play running back (in college),” Gross said, “… but I’d be willing to play where ever they need me."
Gross' Go to 49 Team will be coached by former NFL assistant George Martinez while the rest of the coaching staff also has NFL ties.
“I think this game will be a lot different and a lot more high intensity,” Gross said. “They said there’s supposed to be 300 or so colleges represented in this game."
Blue-Grey Football was established in 1989 to help prep prospects from around over the country "receive national exposure and increase their chances to secure scholarships to a college, whether that be at the NCAA Division I level, or II, III, NAIA or Junior College."
Gross hopes that will be the case for him.
“I think it’s going to be pretty awesome,” he said.