Aveon Grose

Mansfield Senior's Aveon Grose warms up before a game against Columbus DeSales earlier this season.

MANSFIELD — Aveon Grose will play Division I college football, but it won’t be for the Pitt Panthers.

A senior-to-be at Mansfield Senior, Grose has announced he is re-opening his recruitment after originally committing to Pitt in September of 2020. Grose began to have second thoughts after the Pittsburgh coaching staff asked the three-star safety to delay his enrollment by a semester.

“They called Coach Bradley (Mansfield Senior’s Chioke Bradley) not too long ago and said they wanted me to grayshirt,” Grose said Monday afternoon. “I was going to be enrolling early and I didn’t really want to do that.”

Rated as the 36th overall player and the No. 3 safety in the 247Sports.com composite rankings for Ohio’s Class of 2022, Grose had 59 tackles and an interception for the Tygers last fall. He was a sophomore starter on Senior High’s Division III state runner-up team in 2019, recording 70 tackles and picking off a team-high four passes.

“He still has a lot of options,” Bradley said. “All the Mid-American Conference schools are interested, along with Cincinnati and West Virginia and a few Big Ten schools. Minnesota is on him and he just got back from Michigan State.”

Grose’s older brother, Angelo, is a second-year defensive back for the Spartans. Angelo Grose played in all seven games and started five for the Spartans during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, registering 23 tackles and a fumble recovery as a true freshman.

Mansfield Senior will look to rebound from last year’s disappointing 3-6 finish, just the third sub-.500 season in Bradley’s 11 years in charge. In addition to his defensive responsibilities, Grose caught 33 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns and returned nine kickoffs for 288 yards and a score.

“We lost a lot of guys (off the 2019 team) to graduation and it was a learning experience for the younger guys,” Grose said. “We have high expectations for ourselves.”

Grose said he hasn’t put a timeline on his decision. Mansfield Senior opens its schedule Aug. 20 against Norwalk at Arlin Field. The season kicks off a week earlier than usual to accommodate for the expanded playoff format.

“I would like to have a decision by then, but it really just depends,” Grose said. “I’ll wait and see what develops during the summer.”

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