In early July, Michigan 2017 linebacker commit Josh Ross took the cross country trip to Nike’s world headquarters to participate in The Opening Finals football camp. An opportunity, he says, was beneficial as he prepared for his senior season with Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s.
“That was a once in a lifetime experience playing with all those top guys,” Ross said. “A lot of those guys might go to the NFL from that group. It just let me know, honestly, there is a lot of a guys everywhere working hard trying to beat you. There are guys everywhere trying to be great.”
Top linebacker prospect Drew Singleton, who happened to be Ross’ teammate out at The Opening Finals in July, was in Ann Arbor this past weekend when Paramus (N.J.) Catholic played its regular season opener at Michigan Stadium. Singleton also was one of the notable top attendees at U-M’s 63-3 win against Hawaii on Saturday, and that’s where Ross said he hoped to catch up with the four-star linebacker.
“Just trying to catch up,” Ross said of Singleton. “I met him out at Oregon, and he’s a cool dude. That’s my guy now. Just catching up, I’m not going to push the Michigan thing; I’m just going to talk to him as a friend, it’s good to see him."
Adding: “If he’s going to pick Michigan, he’s going to pick it.”
Another top Michigan linebacker prospect and fellow Opening alum, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Jordan Anthony, is also high on Ross’ priority list.
“That Opening is really good for connections,” Ross said. “Our linebacker group was real close. Jordan Anthony when we first started The Opening he was a little quiet, he’s a quiet type dude. But at the end, I really got to know him and he’s a cool guy, I’m hoping he can come up to a game and commit to Michigan soon.”
Ross says his main focus bedsides Singleton and Anthony, has been Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones.
“Whoever I see I’m going to go talk to them, talk targets I’m going to try to go talk to them and see what they are feeling,” Ross said.