Promising defensive back Bryant Gross-Armiento is leaving Rutgers without ever stepping on the field.

A three-star prospect from Sunrise, Fla., Gross-Armiento missed his freshman season after suffering a hamstring injury last summer. He was held out of spring practice for personal reasons and announced on Tuesday that he will transfer closer to home after the semester.

"It was more so personal reasons, if anything," Gross-Armiento said. "I have things back home that I need to handle. I think, obviously, going back home would be in my best interest."

Gross-Armiento said he received a great deal of support from teammates and the Rutgers community this semester as he dealt with the personal issues.

"Rutgers as a whole – the fan base, coaching staff – they just brought me up," Gross-Armiento said. "They just supported me when I was down. All through the season I had a tough time, definitely this semester with all of the personal things. That's what teammates are for. Whatever I do in the future, these guys will always be with me."