Then just a kid watching a game, now Ross is one of the top offensive linemen in Alabama and looking at both the Tigers and Crimson Tide in addition to Florida and several other schools.
After spending the day in Auburn, watching Tiger Walk and then being inside for the game, Ross tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that the experience was a very good one for him and his family.
"Before, during and after, I guess after wasn't as big as it would have been if they won, but before and during was amazing," Ross says. "With the Tiger Walk and all that stuff it was crazy. I have never seen that kind of fan support in my life. It was ridiculous. I was definitely impressed by the fan support before and during the game. I liked it a lot."
A thicker and stronger Ross is ready for a dominating senior year for the Patriots.
Growing up going to games in Tuscaloosa, Ross has been on several visits to both campuses over the last few months to check out practices and talking with the coaches. Still, he says he needed to see another game at Auburn to help him get a better feel for how the schools stack up in terms of gamedays.
"That's one of the reasons why I waited," Ross says. "I didn't really have anything to start judging the teams on up until the season started. I wanted to see how all these guys worked in the offseason and stuff like that.
"I knew bits and pieces of Auburn and how important their football was to them," he added about the visit. "I came out of Saturday night really excited about the fan support and all of the traditions and things they have. It's not one of those things though where I'm necessarily blown away and ready to commit. I'm going to Tuscaloosa next week and then an official to Florida the next weekend (for the Tennessee game)."
One of the additional perks for Ross and his family was the chance to spend some time with Auburn commitment Bart Eddins and his entire family. With brothers Bret and Blake back in town for the game along with his parents, Bart spent much of his time hanging out with Ross and that's something the big offensive linemen says you could see more of in the future.
"I watched the entire game with him," Ross says. "Hopefully, maybe we can do that on the field instead of in the stands."
Ross and the top-ranked Class 5A Homewood Patriots (2-0) take on Chilton County this weekend as they continue their quest to repeat as state champions.