Ross is Rising

Brady Ross brings it on both sides of the ball for Humboldt (Iowa) High and colleges are taking notice. The running back/linebacker visited Iowa this past weekend and is scheduled to see Iowa State on Saturday. Out-of-state programs also like what they see. Read more in this premium story.

Brady Ross considers himself a fan of college football and hopes to play it someday. As he looks around for a school, the Humboldt, Iowa junior realizes that the next level often lacks stability when it comes to coaching staffs. That's one of the reasons he's attracted to Iowa.

"They do things the right way," Ross said. "It's a very good program. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and his staff have been there longer than any staff  in the Big Ten.

"The longevity is nice to see with so many schools around the country running coaches out seemingly every year."

Ross visited Iowa for the third time last weekend. He stopped there to watch a spring practice and tour the facilities and also attended the Western Michigan game in September. He planned to be back in town for the Hawkeyes game against Michigan on Nov. 23.

"I have met all of the coaches," Ross said. "The coach I have talked the most with would be Linebacker Coach (LeVar) Woods. He has mentioned being impressed with my strength, size, and toughness."

Ross plays running back and linebacker for Humboldt and is being recruited by colleges at both positions. The Class of 2015 member doesn't have a preference.

"It's tough for me to decide," the 6-foot, 215-pounder said. "I just love the game and being on the field any way possible."

Ross also has visited Iowa State several times. The Cyclones have been evaluating him as a linebacker and running back in the mold of their current ball carrier, Jeff Woody.

"I have a pretty good relationship with Coach (Paul) Rhoads and coach (Bill) Bleil," Ross said. "It's been hard because until lately they have been limited with how they could contact me because I was an underclassman."

Ross said he will be in Ames this weekend to watch the Cyclones play host to TCU for homecoming.

Cincinnati and Kansas have invited Ross to attend games on their campuses. He was considering a trip to both schools soon.

Ross also plays basketball and runs track at Humboldt. He reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds during the summer.

Ross benches 360 pounds and reports 24 reps of 225. He squats 460 and runs the shuttle in 4.2 seconds. He's part of the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays in track and reports splits of 11.2 and 23.0 seconds, respectively.

Ross finished his junior season with 1,248 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 42 yards and a score. On defense, he led Humboldt with 89 tackles, including four for loss.


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