Michigan 2017 LB commit Josh Ross says it's an "honor" to receive his invite to Nike's The Opening Finals this July.

Michigan 2017 LB commit Josh Ross says it's an "honor" to receive his invite to Nike's The Opening Finals this July.

ADDISON, Ill. – Josh Ross braved the winter elements at Nike’s Chicago Opening Regional’s on Saturday, and walked away with an invite to The Opening Finals this July.

An invite, he says, he wasn’t expecting.

“I’m super excited,” Ross said of his invite. “Going into this camp I really didn’t expect myself to make it to The Opening.”

Now, well, Ross will join elite company with roughly 150 other top prospects at Nike’s world headquarters in early July.

“Getting this accomplishment is such a blessing and such an honor,” Ross said. “I mean, there was a lot of alumni there that were drafted in the first round that went to The Opening and went to Nike camps.”

Adding: “Going down there I am going to work as hard as I can to compete with the best. It’s just going to be fun competing with the best players out there.”

Commitment is solid

Ross, who committed to Michigan in March, admits he is glad his recruitment is finally over with.

“The decision is over with – I’m a Wolverine,” Ross said. “I feel a lot more relieved since I committed. I don’t have to deal with all the recruiting and everything; I know where I am going. It’s definitely relieving. I am definitely a Wolverine also.”

And while he’s been focused on his track & field season as of late, he says he has idea who U-M might land next in its 2017 class.

“I know I talk to Corey Malone-Hatcher a lot,” Ross said. “I think he could possibly come to Michigan soon.”

Going out on top

Starring at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s, Ross has been the centerpiece of back-to-back state titles for the Eaglets. And going into his senior season, he says his goal is to make history to end his high school career.

“Our school has never won three in a row,” he said. “So winning three in a row would mean a lot to our program, a lot to our school. And we would be the best (team) in the history of Orchard Lake, just because no one has ever done it before. I’m really looking forward to this season -- I hope we win a championship.

“I think we can do it, we’re going to have a great team.”

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