That Josh Ross has four BCS offers coming off a freshman year in which he played in just five games before a season ending ankle injury is an indication of his talent level.
A 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker, Ross has length, instincts, and a penchant for contact beyond his years. Ohio State saw those qualities and the Buckeyes offered him this week joining Michigan, Michigan State, and Oklahoma on his offer list.
"Kerry Coombs had come up to Orchard Lake," his father James Ross Sr. said. "Josh had called me and said they offered and he got his number and told me they needed me to call him."
The elder Ross had a conversation with Coombs during which he says the Buckeye defensive backs coach and area recruiter for the state of Michigan was extremely complimentary of his son's abilities.
With one son at Michigan already (James Ross) he wants to make sure the Buckeyes know they are interested.
"If you're a linebacker and you can play, you're going to get snaps at Ohio State, but you have to be a baller. I want to make sure I get him down to Ohio State so that they know that, yeah they offered him, but we're interested and don't be scared to recruit him."
Of course, the Wolverines remain high on the Ross family's list of choices, and they hope to see some programs outside the Midwest as well.
"I have to get him down to Oklahoma and show some love to those coaches down there. If he's going to do any camps, I think they will be in the SEC. I'd love to get him down to Alabama."
Ross is considering other camps, but does not have a full schedule yet.