Iowa faces inherent obstacles in recruiting. One of them is luring prospects to the school from talent-rich areas in other parts of the country.
"Location is one of the major factors in picking a school. I don't want to leave too far from home. I would like to stay on the East Coast," the Potomac (MD) High product said.
That view doesn't deter Iowa. The staff knows it must convince athletes from different time zones that Iowa City is the place for them. And Ross is open to the idea.
"I would have to have a real good, close relationship with all the coaches. I have to see what the facility looks like. I would have to feel like I'm at home," he said of what would make him move to the Midwest.
Hawkeye Assistant Chris White began recruiting the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder about two months ago, Ross said.
"I was kind of surprised (Iowa offered) because I didn't think it would be this soon," Ross said. "I was thinking in the spring was when they were going to offer me. I really like Coach White. He is a nice, cool coach. We have a nice, close relationship."
Ross said he has heard about the Hawkeyes from current safety Miles Taylor, who prepped at Washington, D.C. Gonzaga.
"They have produced a lot of players to go to the league," Ross said. "They play in one of the best conferences in college football and they're also a very good school In academics. I am starting to do more research on their school since they have offered me."
"I would like to be committed before my senior season starts," he said.
Ross said he will be visiting Iowa sometime in the spring.