Orchard Lake St. Mary’s started its season on a positive note Saturday thanks in large part to a strong performance turned in by junior linebacker Josh Ross. The four-star standout keyed a swarming defensive effort with eight tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Though excited about the 24-12 victory over Detroit Loyola, he wasn’t satisfied with an overall performance he called “sloppy.” Improving upon that week one showing is his chief concern, which explains why recruiting is now on the backburner.
“I’m going to take (the decision-making process) slow,” said Ross. “I’m really focused on the season right now, but after the season I’m think it over, then whatever comes, comes.”
One thing Ross is willing to reveal about his recruitment is his list of favorites. It’s the same as it has been for some time now.
The love for Notre Dame has picked up significantly in recent months thanks to a memorable offseason visit.
“I like Notre Dame a lot,” said Ross. “It reminds me a lot of my high school, and I really love my high school. The tradition, the coaches… everything is good about Notre Dame, so I really like them.”
While the Irish have definitely been surging lately in the race for the talented youngster’s services, the in-state schools continue to make strong plays in their own right. Ross may have grown up rooting against the Spartans, but Mark Dantonio & company have turned those feelings around completely.
“It’s a great coaching staff,” said Ross. “When I’m up there I feel comfortable, and the coaches… they really relate to the kids. I like that about them.”
That feeling of comfort is unquestionably present in Ann Arbor. Ross’ older brother James is now entering his senior season, and little brother has gotten extremely familiar with the Maize & Blue over the years. That connection has also provided for him a unique opportunity to get to know the Wolverines’ new coaching staff.
“Harbaugh is a different character, and I love it… his intensity,” said Ross. “Also Coach Durkin. He is a great coach. I lover their intensity (that they bring to) the game. And how they coach… they coach with great fire and they get the team enthusiastic, and I love that about Michigan.”
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