Ross, a 6'1" 180 lb. junior
with 4.5 speed, already holds an offer from
However, it is the scholarship offer he reportedly received from LSU that has the Tigers sitting on top for now.
"My favorites are LSU,
Derrick says he has spoken to LSU tight end coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Henson a few times and was finally able to meet Henson last month.
"I talked to him last about a month ago," he said. "He seemed like a pretty nice guy. I was glad that we got to meet finally."
What make the Tigers the frontrunner for Ross?
"I love SEC schools," he said, "And they have been the best for a while. I've really loved the program since they won the national championship a few years ago. They are a great team."
One thing Ross said he can bring to the next level is his ability to make big plays and catch the long ball. As a junior in high school, he had 39 receptions for 743 yards and 15 touchdowns, was the teams leading scorer, and was named to the All-District team.
During the off-season, Derrick plans to work first on foremost of getting into prime shape by running a good bit, and also hopes to add some muscle mass before making the move to the next level.
He is looking at attending camps at LSU and Ole Miss this summer before gearing up to be a key player on both sides of the ball next season, as South Pike may also utilize his athleticism at safety or cornerback next season.
The move over to defense may provide Ross with more opportunities at the next level because wide outs with his size and speed are not hard to find but finding a good cover corner with his height is tough to come by.