By Dana Becker
Stanley Cross joined the Iowa Central football program feeling unsure of himself.
Cross has since turned himself into a future FBS Div. I player, having received an offer to play at Connecticut.
"My coaches here at Iowa Central have believed in me since the beginning, which has made me work even harder to contribute to the team," Cross said. "When I first got here, I was young and nervous. But I met a group of guys who are my teammates that became brothers to me."
As a freshman last season, Cross earned all-conference honors after recording 45 tackles with eight pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
"Iowa Central has helped me develop as a player, student and a young man," Cross said. "Being here has given me many chances to grow and change, which has given me opportunities I didn't have coming out of high school."
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder received his first offer from Connecticut earlier this year. Randy Edsall, the current head coach for the Huskies, recently sent Cross an offer complete with a full athletic grant-in-aid.
"It feels amazingly great to have a D1 FBS offer," Cross said. "All the hard work through the many years since I was five years old was worth it."