Tom Allen and his staff are recruiting the state of Georgia very hard for the 2018 class, and one player they are after is Tyrese Ross from Atlanta (GA) Westlake H.S. Peegs.com caught up with the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back to see how recruiting is going for him and what he thinks of the Indiana football program.
The talented prospect is being recruited to IU by assistant coach Noah Joseph, who has expressed to Ross why the Hoosiers like him so much.
“I have been talking to Coach Joseph since last fall,” Ross said. “He said that they like the way I play the game, and how I get after it on the field.”
Ross started to look into Indiana and what the school and program had to offer after the Hoosiers first contacted him last fall.
“When I was talking to Coach Joseph during the season and before I had an offer, he wanted me to get more insight into Indiana so I did my research,” the Atlanta native said. “I saw that they have a lot of skill and a lot of talent, and I feel like they are on the verge of breaking through and becoming a well-known program. I feel like something big is about to happen at Indiana, and that’s why I’m very interested in them.”
The athletic defensive back plans on visiting Bloomington this summer, and when he makes the trip up there are certain things he hopes to see from IU.
“I plan on getting up there this summer,” Ross said. “I don’t have the exact dates, but I spoke to Coach Joseph recently and he wants to get me up there. When I’m there I will be looking for a school where I can get a great education, and a place where I have a chance to play early. I want a school that fits me and just feels like a second home. I will also look at the campus and the fans and how they treat me when I’m there. I want to see if I could see myself being there for four years even if I wasn’t playing football.”
Ross made the move to Westlake H.S. this past fall after his family moved to Atlanta from Jacksonville, Florida.
“I was born and raised in Florida,” he said. “My family moved to Atlanta about seven months ago. I played at Westlake last fall and before that I was at Trinity Christian in Jacksonville. The transition went well. My teammates were great. They welcomed me with open arms. I thought it might be hard, but they were so welcoming and we got along perfectly.”
Ross currently has offers from Indiana, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Nevada, Temple, UMass and Western Michigan. He said that he is getting close to narrowing his list down before making a decision by the end of the summer.
“I haven’t narrowed my list down, but I am starting to weigh which way I want to go,” he said about his recruiting. “I want to wait it out a little longer and see what really fits me. I plan on committing before the first game of my senior season. I don’t have a specific date, but it is most likely going to be around the end of the summer. But definitely before my first game.”