On The Verge

Bearden linebacker B.J. Ross (6-3, 225) - who could be in line for an Arkansas offer - is among the in-state prospects who were on hand for the 15th annual FCA Combine Saturday morning in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – One of the better looking prospects at Saturday's FCA Camp could soon have an offer from Arkansas.

Bearden linebacker B.J. Ross (6-3, 225) is a hard-nosed middle linebacker that had 80 tackles last season and wears a size 17 shoe.

"I really like the coaches up there at Arkansas," Ross said. "They have been talking about offering me. It is something that I have been thinking about. It is home and where I want to play."

Ross was disappointed in his 40-yard dash times of 5.19 and 5.21 on Saturday, but that was a combination of his hamstring acting up and never really being taught how to run it properly.

"Some of these drills (like the 40) I have never done," Ross said. "I just found out today I have to work hard and learn how to do them." Ross has never had any troubles getting to the ball-carrier on the field regardless of his 40-yard dash.

"I have no trouble finding the ball and getting there right away," Ross said. "It is like common sense. It is as natural to me as walking. I live it and I can play whether I can run the 40-yard dash or not."

Ross was joined on Saturday by teammate Austin Thompson (6-4, 245), who will play defensive tackle for Warren although he projects to a defensive end in college.

"Austin is strong and can get off the blocks," Ross said. "He knows how to get back there."

The Bearden pair has seen several coaching staffs come by the school this spring.

"Spring was good and recruiting has been alright," Ross said. "There were a lot of colleges that came by school such as Louisiana Tech, ULM and Arkansas State was at our spring game Thursday. Memphis came yesterday."

Bearden finished 10-2 last season and returns a loaded squad.




B.J. Ross





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