Terps Commit Isaiah Ross Breaks it Down

Eleanor Roosevelt linebacker Isaiah Ross had been to Maryland almost a dozen times and was considering committing, but hadn't made up his mind. But a few weeks ago he visited along with his parents, and the staff sealed the deal with the promising playmaker from the nearby Maryland feeder program.

"That was my mother's first time up there. My mother loved it, my father loved it and I loved it. It felt like a family atmosphere. It felt like it was the best place for me," said Ross, the No. 68 middle linebacker in the nation. "

"My recruiting coordinator, James Franklin, he's a cool person, he develops a good relationship with you …. Coach Friedgen is a real person. He just is honest with you, he doesn't try to sugarcoat things, so I won't go there thinking one thing and then something else will happen," he said. "Also my position coach [Al Seamonson] looks like a coach that I would like to play for."

Ross was also being recruited by N.C. State, Syracuse, Illinois, Pitt and Buffalo. He's the latest in a long line of standouts from nearby Greenbelt powerhouse Roosevelt to choose Maryland.

"Everybody had been telling me I was gonna be [at Maryland]. Some people told me that from Day One," he said.
The Terps recruited him as a future ‘LEO,' the hybrid linebacker-defensive end position currently manned by another Roosevelt alum, Trey Covington.

"I've been knowing him for a while because my sister went to school with him. He came by the house a few times," Ross said of Covington. "He's helping me prepare to get ready for college. He just tells me that it's a [versatile] position, that sometimes you'll stand up and sometimes you'll have your hand in the dirt, sometimes stop the run and also rush the passer. So you've got to work on both things."

Ross is a surefire tackler with 4.77-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Last year he posted 128 tackles, including 25 for loss, along with eight catches and four touchdowns as a tight end. Asked about his strengths, he said: "I've got good leadership, I try to make the people around me better and I play my puzzle piece. I work hard. I'm good at getting off a block and making tackles, a strong interior player and very physical … I want to work on my speed. My lateral speed is pretty good but my North-South speed, I'd like to improve that and keep working on my pass coverage."

Ross is already academically qualified and plans to major in either sports medicine, communications or business management. He's also working hard to bring teammate Derrick Thomas, a soft Penn State commitment, into the fold. TSR will have more on that shortly …

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