The moment that Josh Ross had long been waiting for finally came Saturday night. The Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s freshman and younger brother of Michigan sophomore linebacker James Ross officially picked up his Wolverine offer. It had always seemed to be only a matter of time before it happened. During his visit to Ann Arbor for last weekend’s freshman/sophomore day he was on the receiving end of a great deal of individual attention.
“It was nice,” Ross said reflecting upon the experience. “Crisler Arena was rocking. Even though Michigan lost, it was still a nice place to be. It was a great game to see. The whole game I was talking to Coach Hoke because we were sitting next to each other. I like the stuff he was saying. It was all good.”
However, there was one topic that Michigan’s headman didn’t discuss.
“He didn’t really try to offer yet,” said Ross last Sunday after the game. “I’m not even tripping about that. We were just talking about outside of sports and everything.”
That patience was rewarded less than a week later. Even with the knowledge that an offer was on the horizon the talented youngster couldn’t help but be elated.
“It wasn’t a surprise, but it was very humbling to know that I just got offered by Michigan,” Ross said Saturday night. “Every time I go for a visit I just look at the school and view how the school (fits) me. To know that I got offered by them is real good to know.”
“I’m super happy about it.”
And he wasn’t the only member of the Ross family jubilant over the news.
“I talked to (my brother) right after I heard,” said Ross. That was the first person I called. He already knew. Him and his girlfriend just congratulated me and were screaming and stuff (laughter). I was happy. My dad is happy too. They were all just very excited that it happened.”
“Michigan was always high on my list of schools that I want to go to because I know the coaches very well,” Ross replied. “I’ve been up there a lot and my brother goes there also. With them offering it puts them higher. Definitely!”
Once the euphoria of the moment wears off it will be back to business. The 6-1, 200-pounder is determined to improve his speed.
“I’m just going to be working out and doing camps,” said Ross. “I am going to run track this season. Probably the 200 and I don’t know what else yet. So, I’m probably going to run 200.”