“When I went down to North Carolina, they made me feel like I’m at home,” said the 5-11, 170 defensive back from Oxen Hill (Md.) Potomac. “[They have] good coaching staff – a good new defensive coaching staff they got up there. I love the facilities [and] I love the players that they already have up there. I just love North Carolina. And also, Coach [Charlton] Warren and I have a great relationship.”
Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and West Virginia round out Ross’s top five schools list, in order.
Ross attended UNC’s final junior day. After touring the facilities with the other junior day attendees, he remained on campus for an hour-long meeting with Warren, UNC’s new defensive back coach.
“After awhile we were talking and he said, ‘Yea, I would like to offer you a full scholarship to North Carolina,’” Ross said.
A baker’s dozen of schools have offered Ross, including all five favorites.
Ross has set May 2 his decision date. If nothing changes, he said he’ll call Warren and then announce publicly on his personal Twitter account.
“I’m pretty sure nothing else will come through North Carolina,” Ross said. “But, North Carolina is probably where I’ll be. I’ll just be making it public.”
In the weeks leading up to his decision date, Ross does not plan to make any recruiting trips.
“I’ve been through a couple of schools this past spring,” Ross said. “So I already have a feel where I want to be at. So I don’t really need to take any more visits.”
Ross admits that he does feel pressure to remain in-state, especially considering Maryland’s DMV recruiting campaign. But that won’t prevent him from committing to UNC.
“I’ve always wanted to stay close to home in Maryland, where I’m from,” Ross said. “But, North Carolina’s not too far from home – it’s four hours away. So I won’t feel like I’m too far from home. Plus, when I’m up there I feel like I’m home anyway with the coaches and the environment.”
If the commitment comes to fruition on May, UNC will add a versatile defensive back to its 2016 recruiting class.
“[Warren] sees me up there playing corner,” Ross said. “He says that he knows I can play safety, so if they need me to play safety he’ll move me to safety. But he’s going to start me off at corner. He feels I’m a nice long corner, I’m a versatile type of guy, [and] I can come up and tackle.”
For Potomac, Ross stars at safety where he finished second in Maryland in interceptions (seven), while accumulating 62 tackles and two forced fumbles. He returned two of his picks and a fumble for touchdowns.