Big OL in Tuscaloosa for Junior Day

<b>David Ross</b> (6'4/285) is a very talented offensive lineman from Homewood High School in Birmingham. Ross has received his first scholarship offer. Schools throughout the southeast are showing strong interest. This past weekend, Ross spent time in Tuscaloosa at Alabama's Junior Day.

"It was a good visit. It was the first time I was really able to get close with the coaches. I was blown away with the facilities. I really like the offensive line coach, Coach Connelly. He said he was not going to pick favorites. He said he was going to get the ones who get the job done. He wants offensive linemen who will be able to come in and play early. That turned on a light bulb in my head," said David Ross.

With one offer in hand, Ross is also receiving heavy interest from several elite programs.

"Vanderbilt offered me a full scholarship in December. All the SEC schools are showing interest. Schools like Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Georgia, Duke and Northwestern are showing interest. Alabama, Northwestern, Florida, and Vanderbilt are probably showing the most interest in me right now."

When asked about favorites, Ross replied, "I would say my top three are Alabama, Florida, and Northwestern. They are all equal right now. I really didn't grow up a fan of any school."

Alabama: "I love the atmosphere, and the entire coaching staff. I trust and believe what they are telling me about how they are focused on winning a national championship. Alabama is a top notch program. It is very important for them to graduate all of their student athletes. Alabama gives me the football reason, and the education reason to go there."

Florida: "I like the new coaching staff. Coach Meyer is a great guy. It was unbelievable what he did in Utah. I like Florida for more of the football reason. I believe Coach Meyer is going to build the program back into a national powerhouse."

Northwestern: "The education is as good as anybody. It is a beautiful place ,and they are in the Big 10. It is just as good as playing in the SEC. I would be playing against schools like Ohio State and Michigan."

During the next few weeks, Ross will travel to other schools for Junior Day.

"I am heading to Vanderbilt this weekend. I am going to Junior Day at Auburn, March 5. I will probably attend a few spring practices, and try to head down to Florida."

After winning the state championship, Ross is looking for a repeat, with several key players returning.

"I am going to try and block out college, as much as I can, and try to win another state championship. We have a lot of guys returning this year. I don't want to look ahead at all," said Ross.

"I am a smart player. I am well coached, so I have good techniques. I pass block well. I am a good run blocker, but compared to pass blocking, I would have to say I am better at that. I would really like to improve my aggressiveness. You can always improve on being aggressive," stated Ross about his strengths.

This summer, Ross plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn, and Northwestern.

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