ECU is just one of the FBS programs that will be keeping its eyes on Braxton Ross over the next year. After being deemed ineligible to receive his offers from the schools interested in him last year, Ross has elected to continue his football career at the JUCO level.
The talented dual-threat quarterback will attend Fort Scott C.C. (Kansas) starting this July, the same JUCO former ECU quarterback Dominique Davis went to before wearing the purple and gold.
The Pirates were among the schools wanting to offer Ross and if the offer was possible there was no reason to believe he wouldn't have been a signee for the 2014 class. Although it didn't happen, he mentioned things are going well both in school and in recruitment.
"My grades are looking good, I have A's and B's right now," said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ross. "I keep in contact with ECU once every two weeks. I'm also hearing from Auburn."
This season at Fort Scott will give college coaches another body of work to judge Ross's ability by. He mentioned he is excited to give coaches a chance to see him play on something other than his high school tape.
His high school tape was impressive though. Ross ended his senior season with 1,356 passing yards including 28 touchdowns while also accounting for 534 yards on the ground and seven rushing touchdowns. He also only threw 3 interceptions on the season.
Ross is excited about the next chapter in his football career.
"I depart for Fort Scott on July 10," said Ross. "I'm ready to get to work and am excited about becoming eligible. I want to get the offers – especially from ECU."
Ross has always favored ECU throughout his recruitment and time hasn't changed that. He mentioned ECU is still very high in his mind.
With all that being said, Ross will keep his recruitment open if more schools show interest. Whether that happens will depend on his performance this fall at Fort Scott.
"I'm hoping to get more looks from other schools," said Ross. "If an SEC school shows heavy interest in me I will really take the time to show I'm interested as well. I will be taking visits to schools that offer me, but ECU is still really high up there right now."
This offseason has mostly been about improving footwork for Ross. He is working on his spacing in the pocket and his throw on the run as well.
Braxton Ross should be a name to look out for in the next year for all Pirate fans. If all goes according to plan he will be eligible to play and could arrive at a school by January 2015.