Braxton Ross is a name that has been in the conversations of ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and running backs coach Kirk Doll for a long time now. Both coaches were interested in recruiting Ross out of high school when he graduated from Trinity Christian Academy in the class of 2013, unfortunately Ross’s inability to be eligible with the NCAA Clearinghouse held his Division I offers at bay.
Had Ross been able to receive his offer from the Pirates back in 2013 there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t be in the Purple and Gold right now practicing. Despite hearing from UNC Charlotte, Liberty, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Southern California, Coastal Carolina, N.C. State and Old Dominion Ross told Scout since the beginning he wanted ECU over anything.
Last weekend he was back in North Carolina, after making the flight from his new home at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, and stopped by ECU for the Pirates’ inaugural American Athletic Conference game against SMU.
After a long awaited reunion with his recruiters, it’s apparent both sides are still interested in Ross attending ECU in the future.
“My talk with (Lincoln) Riley and (Kirk) Doll went awesome,” said the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Ross. “They both seemed really happy to see me again and catch up. They basically told me they’re ready for me to eligible. It’s still early and things can change, but it definitely sounded like I'm going to get that offer as soon as I get eligible. Doll also said he’ll come visit me at Fort Scott soon.”
Eligibility can be a tricky thing for any athlete, take ECU freshman wide receiver Trevon Brown for example. Before bursting onto the scene this season Brown had to sit out all of last season because he missed the deadline to turn in his transcript to the NCAA by a matter of hours.
Ross is hard at work studying and perfecting his quarterback play at Fort Scott. He potentially has three semesters left until obtaining full eligibility next January when he can finally accept his offers and arrive a school. It’s easy to see why so many schools were interested in Ross. In nine games as a senior at Trinity Christian he had 1,356 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and three interceptions while also rushing for 534 yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
This season at Fort Scott hasn’t gone as Ross would’ve liked to this point. He mentioned the team operates in a run-heavy offense and that he’s splitting starts with another quarterback Marc Walbridge. Impressively enough however Ross has thrown for 417 yards and seven touchdowns in the two full games he has played.
Ross has faced adversity before and is positive he is on the right track to play for a Division I program by next January. This weekend helped reassure him.
“After being home and talking with the coaches again I know I’m going to do better every day starting today,” said Ross.