DJ Gross has been around the McCook football program his entire life. His father, Jeff, has been the head coach since 1998.
But DJ isn't just the son of a coach. He's a legitimate college football prospect.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior linebacker/tight end has a scholarship offer from South Dakota. He visited the Coyotes for their junior day on Saturday and Northern Iowa in mid-March. He plans to attend South Dakota's camp in the summer.
Gross was also one of the in-state players invited to Nebraska's junior day on March 31. He liked what he saw from the new Husker coaching staff.
"I was very impressed with the staff and the energy behind everything," Gross said. "They coach with an intensity, and that was really impressive."
Gross doesn't have any other visits planned due to his busy schedule. He throws shot put and discus for the Bison track and field team and also plays baseball in the summer for McCook's Legion team.
As Gross considers colleges, he wants to find a family environment and relate well with the coaching staff. Fitting into the team's system is also important to him.
"I am also looking at the city or town I will be living in," Gross said. "I want to see if it fits or I could see myself living there."
Gross has been working on getting bigger, stronger and faster during the offseason. He takes pride in reading plays and studying the game.
"I want to be a bigger part of the defense in the passing game," Gross said. "I am working on disrupting routes and getting after the quarterback."