Potomac High in Oxon Hill, Md., typically produces a Division I talent or two every year, and the star of the 2016 class could very well be free safety Greg Ross, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder with 4.5 40-yard-dash speed. Ross held an early offer from Buffalo, and in mid-December added his first major verbal from Virginia Tech.
“I was real excited about the Va Tech offer, because it put me on the map – my first big school,” Ross said. “Their coaches had been coming through the school, and the DB coach [at Va Tech] was talking to my coach about me and said he loved my film. Then he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship.
“Like I said, I was real happy about that, but I don’t really know too much about [Tech] right now. I’ll be finding out more, though, and I want to visit down there soon too.”
Virginia Tech figures to be the first of many regional Division I offers for the Potomac safety. Ross said two more ACC schools, N.C. State and Wake Forest, have picked up the interest, while Big Ten Maryland is intrigued as well.
“The real main interest besides Buffalo and Virginia Tech is coming from Maryland and N.C. State right now. Both of those schools had coaches come through to watch our practices during the season, and I’ve talked to [assistants] from there on Twitter and stuff,” Ross said. “I don’t know who’s going to offer next, but those two [UMD and N.C. State] seem to like me.”
Ross took his first visit to College Park, Md., for the Terps-Rutgers game. He enjoyed the affair, despite Maryland’s loss, because it allowed Ross an opportunity to chat up the UMD staff in person.
“I’ve messaged Coach [Mike] Locksley, who recruits my area, before, and he’s just been telling me I’m on their board, and the coaches are going to be looking at my tape and getting back to me,” Ross said. “And at the [UMD-RU] game I was talking to the DB coach [Brian Stewart] for a little bit, and he seemed like a real cool guy. He was just talking a little bit about the defense and how they do things there. I couldn’t really talk to him long, because it was game day, but [Stewart] seemed real cool.
“And, like, I really liked the campus there and the stadium. Maryland’s a cool place, and it’s close to home. I’d love to have an offer from them.”
Of course, Ross’ teammate, senior defensive tackle Keiron Howard, is committed to UMD. Howard took his official visit to Maryland Dec. 12-14 and apparently told Ross and Co. all about it.
“Yeah, Keiron was talking up Maryland and what it was like there,” said a chuckling Ross. “He really loves it there. If it was up to him our whole team would be playing there (laughs). He’s always talking about Maryland and how cool it is.”
The Wolfpack have made inroads with Ross as well. The Oxon Hill product said State’s area recruiter has showed his film to their staff, and an offer could materialize at some point this offseason.
“I was actually down at N.C. State back in the summer for a camp, and that’s when they really started to notice me. Then they came back to watch us practice, and their one coach liked my film,” Ross said. “So we’ll see, but I think they might be close to offering. I’m definitely getting back down there [to Raleigh, N.C.] to check them out again.”
Ross said he’s “pretty sure” other programs will begin to show interest after he begins visiting more campuses this spring and summer. Some intended destinations include Maryland, Va Tech, N.C. State, Wake Forest and others. In addition, Potomac head coach Ron Crump always takes his team on a long tour, which typically results in numerous offers.
“The real big schools I’d like to hear from are like a Florida or somewhere in the SEC, but I also really like UNC and also Maryland,” Ross said. “Like, with Maryland, the hometown movement thing, a lot of us recruits talk about that. There’s a lot of guys in the 2016 class where we’ve talked about how cool it would be to pick one school like Maryland and all of us go there. So I’m sure I’ll be in touch with some guys and we’ll see if something like that happens.”
As far as his game is concerned, Ross characterized himself as a pure free safety. He said his specialty is hawking centerfield and defending in space.
“What I do best is sit back in a zone and really ball hawk. I have a lot of range back there, and I can defend sideline to sideline,” Ross said. “I can come downhill if I have to, and I can pick up guys in man coverage, but my main thing is playing zone and going after the football.”
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