- United States
- ST, OT
- Erie, PA
- High School
- Past Teams
- Ohio State
- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Major: Family Resource Management (2007-08), Undeclared (2006)
Weight: 291 (2008), 295 (2005-07), 275 (2004)
2008 Media Guide: Enters 2008 listed as the backup at left guard to Steve Rehring but can play on either side.
2007: Saw limited action for the Big Ten champions due to injury in 2007.
2007 Media Guide: Can play on either side as a guard … gets excellent leverage and is powerful at the point of attack with the ability to re-direct … has a bright future and will play a lot of football for the Buckeyes before his career comes to an end.
2006: Played in all 13 games, almost entirely on special teams.
2006 Media Guide: Third year player who should get his first taste of meaningful playing time this year … goes into the season listed behind senior T.J. Downing at right guard, but can play either side and can also play on the edge.
2005: Made his college debut at left guard against San Diego State in week three … logged four minutes against the Aztecs … also made brief appearances against Illinois and Northwestern for his first Big Ten action.
2005 Media Guide: Redshirted last year as a freshman … highly regarded recruit who is expected to compete for playing time at one of the two guard positions this year … goes into the fall behind T.J. Downing on the left side, but can also play right guard if need be … gets excellent leverage and is powerful at the point of attack with the ability to redirect … has a bright future and will play a lot of football for the Buckeyes before his career comes to an end … is the first player from Erie since Chris and Brian Stablein (1989-92).
2004: Did not play any games and redshirted.
High School: One of those players that everyone wanted and Ohio State was fortunate enough to sign … has all the tools to be a standout at the collegiate level … even though the Buckeyes have good depth along the offensive front, he will get a long look in the fall …was a two-way star in high school, earning first-team all-state honors on both sides of the ball … a 2004 Parade All-American … also named All-USA by USA Today … excellent athlete with speed and quickness … has long arms, gets good leverage and has a solid base … good strength and mobility on defense … graded out at 87 percent in his blocking … dominating run and pass blocker, who is able to redirect with ease … tallied 75 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior … also caused six fumbles … second-team all-state by the Associated Press as a junior … played in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas … 50th on Tom Lemming’s Top 100 … ranked 55th by TheInsiders.com Hot 100, which also ranked him as the seventh best offensive lineman … ranked 56th on the Rivals 100 … Rivals.com ranked him as the fourth best overall prospect in Pennsylvania … ranked 41st best offensive lineman prospect by SuperPrep.
Personal: Is the son of Darcy Cross … nickname is “Butch” … dream vacation is Fiji … if he had a spare hour he’d watch Hogan Knows Best. … favorite former Buckeye is Jeff Uhlenhake … favorite actress is Eva Mendes.