No need to change a thing, says his coach

As long he continues to put up monster numbers, running back Tyrone Ross looks to make a lot of people happy next year, especially the program he signs with. Read more to see if K-State fits into this Texas native's plans.

The only school that was mentioned by his coach was Kansas State.

However, don't read too much into that just yet, other than the fact that the Wildcats have caught running back Tyrone Ross' eye in the early stages.

Ross, a three-year starter for Tyler (Tex.) Lee High, is, according to his coach, Mike Owens, a running back that can do it all.

"He has the ability to run for power, over and through people if he puts his shoulder down," he said. "But he can also outrun anyone on the field too. He can do anything he wants out there."

Owens said there is nothing Ross, who benches 320 pounds and squats over 500, needs to do to improve his game, which is quite the praise from a coach.

"All I want him to do for us next year is the same thing he's done every year he's played for me," he said of Ross, who runs a 4.38 40 at 5-foot-8 180 pounds. "He's mad at me right now because I'm letting him scrimmage in the spring practices. I don't want to lose him for next year. I already know what he can do."

In addition to the Wildcats, Ross has received interest from LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.

Ross averaged 8.3 yards per carry en route to 2,980 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. He also had 33 receptions for 520 yards and six scores.

But while Owens understands the attention his backfield prize will receive in the fall, he tries to stay out of the recruiting process.

"I let them handle that," he said. "I don't want to try to influence them any way. I don't need them coming back here in two years blaming me for their decisions. I just help when they ask for it. All I know about Tyrone is that he talks a lot about Kansas State and how they use that (Darren) Sproles guy.

"I know he wants to go where he can be used like the kid at K-State."

Owens said Ross is already accustomed to attention because of his success on the field in high school and that he handles it well.

"He's been in the limelight since he was a freshman," he said. "He doesn't get a big head about it. He knows how to carry himself and what is important. He takes it all in stride."


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