Number Eight

It might be disheartening to be listed as "second best," but in the case of senior high school offensive linemen in Alabama this year that is not bad. That's because the number one lineman in the state, André Smith of Birmingham Huffman, is also the number one offensive lineman prospect in the nation, and perhaps the number one prospect regardless of position.

So David Ross can take heart in being listed as the number two offensive line prospect in Alabama this year. In most years that would be number one. Ross is a runner-up that any college program would consider a winner.

Ross, a 6-4, 285-pound star at Homewood is the pre-season number eight prospect in the state regardless of position by and he could see his stock rise through his senior year.

He is considered to be the best lineman to come out of Homewood since Evan Mathis, who started at Alabama for four years and was a high NFL draft pick by the Carolina Panthers this year.

Named Super All-State and a member of the South squad in the Alabama Junior All-Star game, Ross is closing in on his college destination. Ross is down to Alabama and Auburn. The in-state recruiting battle will become interesting once September arrives.

"It's beginning to get really tough for me," said David Ross. "I am having a little bit of trouble. I really can't compare the two schools right now. I am looking forward to the season when I will go to the games, and check out the atmospheres at both places. Alabama and Auburn are neck-and-neck. I can't really do any more research on the two schools. I will have to wait until the fall so I can see what it is like. I want to experience everything. Hopefully, I will get a gut feeling."

In the beginning of his recruitment the Tigers were showing more interest than Alabama in Ross. Lately, the Tide coaching staff has let it be known he is high on their list, and the Homewood product is high on the Tide.

"The biggest thing that is important to me in my decision is coaching stability,"said Ross. "I would find it hard not to see Alabama as number one on my list if they win eight games this fall. Coach Shula is an amazing recruiter, and they will have huge things going on with a great season."

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