Fresh off a strong performance at The Opening in Columbus on Sunday afternoon, 2017 Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s four-star linebacker Josh Ross continues to sit in a good position early in his recruiting process.
6-foot-1 and 225-pounds, Ross of course is the younger brother of current Michigan linebacker James Ross, and for just a junior to be in high school, has a very unique perspective of the new coaching staff roaming the sidelines in Ann Arbor.
“I love the whole new coaching staff,” Ross said. “It’s been a great vibe the whole time when I’ve been there. When I met the linebacker coach (D.J. Durkin) I really loved him and loved his enthusiasm.
“I actually went up to a couple practices with my brother cause I was up there spending the night at his house. I just love everything; it’s nice.”
With the opportunity to not only see the Wolverines’ program with his own eyes, Ross is afforded the chance to open dialogue with his brother about Jim Harbaugh and the new culture inside Schembechler Hall.
According to Ross, the feelings couldn’t be better at this point.
“It’s very positive feedback,” Ross said. “Especially the linebacker coach, he’s very intense and he gets on your case.
“One time they were in film and he yelled at, cussed at somebody really hard but was just like, the new coaches aren’t like the ones before. It’s better now.”
Admitting he could certainly see himself fitting right into Durkin’s new defensive scheme, Ross isn’t the only player at Orchard Lake holding a scholarship from Michigan.
2017 speedster K.J. Hamler recently picked up an offer from the Wolverines as well and both will be headed to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit on Tuesday with several other of the state’s top prospects.
“Just looking to have a good time,” Ross said. “My friend K.J. is going so I’m just going to have a good time with my brother and him.”
“We haven’t talked about (playing together) but I know he was very excited about his offer,” added Ross.
“He’d been wanting to get offered by Michigan for a long time so that really meant a lot to him.”
Also looking to setup visits with Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State as soon as this upcoming weekend, Ross says he’s fond of every school he’s been able to visit, also noting those three schools, as well as Michigan, will play key roles in his recruitment.
How can one of those four, or perhaps another school seal the deal with Ross’ commitment?
“The deciding factors will be going to a school and feeling comfortable like this is the best fit for me,” Ross said.
“If I could imagine myself growing here and living here and then development, that’s the deciding factor.”