Another big offer for Joel Ross

The defensive line crop in Louisiana may not be as strong as it was for the 2007 class but there is a defensive tackle down at Houma-Vandebilt Catholic in Joel Ross that is attracting plenty of attention from college recruiters.

Ross, a 6-1, 290-pounder with 4.8 speed, recorded 62 tackles, 10 of which were for a loss, and six sacks during his junior campaign. He took home numerous post-season honors with a first team all-state award being the top prize.


Ross picked up his first scholarship offer last summer and now he has another one to go with it.


"Ole Miss offered last summer at their camp and the Oklahoma Sooners have also offered," Ross said. "A lot of other people are recruiting me like Auburn, Minnesota, Kansas State, LSU, USC, Notre Dame and Florida."


So far, Ross has been able to unofficially visit three of the schools mentioned above and he told us what he thought of those trips.


Ole Miss—"When I went to their camp their coaches were real upbeat and real high strung. Their facilities were real nice too especially the weight room."


Florida—"I went to their junior day and watched them practice and the coaches were real intense over there too. They had the national championship trophy out and I got to take a picture with one of their national championship rings on."


LSU—"I went to their junior day too and the one thing that stood was their weight room. It was top of the line. The academic center over there was huge too. I didn't get to see the coaches at practice but I'm sure they are pretty intense too."


A couple of coaches could come into play in the battler for Ross as his former coach, Brad Villavaso, is a graduate assistant at Ole Miss, and his new head coach, Mark King, is a former LSU offensive lineman.


Could Villavaso's role with the Rebels play a role in his decision?


"It may a little but that won't make my decision for me," said Ross. "But, I know if I did go there I'd already know someone pretty good."


The presence of King will not push Ross to LSU but he said that proximity to home might play a factor.


"It could keep me here," said Ross. "I know when I went to Florida I was like this is a long way from home. My parents aren't getting any younger and I want them to be able to see me play so that could have some impact in my choice."


Note** Joel Ross is one of the many Louisiana prospects from the 2008 and 2009 class that will be attending the Combine in New Orleans on April 21.

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