HIS RECRUITING STORY:
Josh Ross should be a familiar name in Michigan recruiting, after all, his brother, James Ross, starred for the Wolverines and started for Jim Harbaugh during his first year as U-M’s headman. Now enters the younger Ross, who held an offer from U-M since his sophomore year of high school, and not surprisingly Ross committed to U-M last March.
“Physical linebacker who is best when coming forward. Takes on blocks with aggressiveness and leverage and likes contact. Anticipates well and shoots gaps. A sure tackler who wraps up and drives through the ball carrier. Can continue to get quicker and improve in pass coverage.” -- National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
WHY ROSS CHOSE MICHIGAN?
“After I sat down with Don Brown I knew it was time. Just based on what he showed me with that defense, it fits me perfectly. I just can’t pass the opportunity up. I just had to take it. He really blitzes his linebackers. I know last year there was a couple of plays where I got right through on blitzes, and I’m getting better and better at blitzing. That’s a lot of what he does and I can see myself in his system.”
At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Ross should end up in the middle of the defense one way or another. If he’s anything like his brother, he’ll end up making his way into the starting lineup when it’s all said and done. And physically, he’s bigger and faster, so his chances of playing early are pretty good.