Ross Makes His Way To The SEC

Earnest Ross didn't need much time. Two days after returning from his first – and only – official visit, the Panther Creek senior found his niche and ended his recruitment.

The summer before Earnest Ross became the cornerstone of Cary (N.C.) Panther Creek's program, he played in an elite camp at Auburn.

On Tuesday, the process came full circle as Ross accepted a scholarship offer from the Tigers after considering Jeff Lebo's team and South Florida.

"When I went on the visit, me, Coach Lebo, my dad and the coaches sat down and they laid out my future in the Auburn program," Ross said. "I love the players down there and I had an awesome time. It was crazy!"

Ross was on campus last weekend along with another pledge, wing Andre Malone. The chiseled senior averaged 25 points a game as a junior and captained Panther Creek to best record in school history.

"When we started our program with freshmen and sophomores, he had to deal with four wins that first year (and led us) to 22 wins last year; a lot of that has been his leadership," Panther Creek coach L.J. Hepp told "It's been his toughness, his desire to win and his intensity."

Ross, as fired up as we've heard a commitment sound this fall, was elated after making his official visit.

"It's an awesome feeling. I always grew up wanting to play the best of the best. Going to the SEC is where I can find that chance to be able to play in a big program in a big conference."

Mission accomplished.

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