Brady Ross patiently awaits his first scholarship offer. Luckily for the Humboldt (Iowa) linebacker, he passes the time being actively recruited.
Ross accepted an invitations junior days at Missouri (this coming weekend) and Iowa State (March 8). The Class of 2015 prospect attended Iowa's junior day last month. South Dakota State has asked him to its junior day and North Dakota State has contacted him twice in the last week and wants him to visit there.
"Iowa Western has offered me, or as close to an offer as you can get from a community college," the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Ross said. "They said they really want me if I don't get an offers I like."
Southwest Missouri State called Ross Monday night. The Division II school invited him there for a junior day.
Iowa linebacker coach LeVar Woods spoke on the phone with Ross Sunday night. They continued to build their relationship.
"He thought my (highlight) tape was very impressive," Ross said. "He said that they have genuine interest in me. He said they generally don't offer instate kids until later. They were all good things to hear."
Ross visited Iowa for several games this season. The Hawkeyes did well with a former Humboldt linebacker, Tyler Nielsen, a all-Big Ten honorable mention selection as a senior in 2011.
Ross racked up 89 tackles (54 solo) in 2013. Four of those stops went for loss. He also intercepted a pass. As a running back, he gained 1,248 yards on 198 attempts and scored 17 touchdowns, including one from 72 yards out.
Iowa State likes Ross enough to invite him to a junior day.
"They're interested," he said. "I don't know how much."
First up will be the trip to Columbia. Missouri is coming off a season in which it finished 12-2 and beat Oklahoma State, 41-31, in the Cotton Bowl.
"It should be fun," Ross said. "I'm excited. It's the SEC. That's kind of cool."