"Coach (Reese) Morgan said they want me bad and guaranteed me a spot in summer camp (next year). He said it could turn into a scholarship before signing day (in February). I'm excited as heck," Ross said.
The Class of 2015 linebacker from Humboldt was extended a preferred walk-on opportunity by the Hawkeyes. A grey-shirt was not discussed but could be an option.
"Hopefully it turns into a grey shirt but he said it also could be a straight scholarship. (Morgan) said at bare minimum I have a preferred walk-on and spot in camp," Ross said.
"They told me after their camp that they like me and want me. In a phone call a couple days after their camp, Brandon Blaney told me that I will at least have a preferred walk-on. He said they have offers out to about six kids around the USA," Ross said.
The FCS-level Panthers have been talking to Ross about a scholarship offer since January. They haven't jumped in yet, potentially waiting first to see what happens with Iowa and ISU.
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.
Ross moves into a holding pattern to see how things play out with the three in-state schools and potential suitors from outside the boarders. A strong senior season could open up more opportunities.
"I've observed how some guys handle the recruiting process differently. Some are really in your face to the coaches and really aggressive. And maybe that pays off, but it's not my style. I've always just sat back and let things happen and I'm not going to control the decision making process of coaches with my words. I just plan to focus on what I believe I can control," he said.