“They’re going to get a kid that has a variety of skill sets. He can play cornerback – we’re a heavy man-to-man team – and he would also play free safety. They’re going to get a kid that is a leader by example. He’s not scared to put his face into the play. He’s a ferocious hitter – he likes to hit [and] he’s a physical guy. But he has excellent ball skills, hips, great footwork, and great instincts for the game.”
From talking to the UNC coaches, how does UNC plan on utilizing that skill set?
“They plan on using him as a cornerback. They’re philosophy is – because of his size and his long arms and his ball skills – they feel like they’re getting a two-for-one player. He could move from corner to safety and safety won’t be a problem, as well.”
Why did Ross decide to commit to UNC?
“It was a dream for Greg to go to North Carolina. North Carolina has a lot to offer. There are a lot of resources at North Carolina that will not only help him the first four years he’s there, but the next 45 years. He has relatives in North Carolina, as well, like most Washingtonians do. Most of my kids, when they go out of town to visit family, they go to North Carolina or South Carolina.
“Tre Boston was one of his favorite players. I used to often hear [Greg] mention it since he came into our building as a ninth grader. Tre Boston - quite honestly it was intriguing to hear [Greg] say his name as one of his favorite players as a youngster. That made it easier for him to select a school. It’s not often that a kid gets to attend a school they consider their dream school.”
Ross postponed his original commitment date earlier this month. Why did he wait until this weekend to commit?
“He wanted to do it in-person and he wanted to make sure his parents could get there. [His parents] have been to Clemson and they’ve been to a couple of other schools, but they never had a chance to get to North Carolina. Every time he [visited UNC] he was with me, like the junior day back in March. He wanted to confirm [his parents] were comfortable there.”
The Spring Evaluation Period is winding down. What was the traffic like at your school during this period?
“Well it was heavy traffic – basically it was like Washington, D.C. traffic. He received offers from West Virginia, Clemson, Miami, Maryland, and there were a couple of other schools that were about to come in on him. Once he committed, I got a couple phone calls. Wisconsin was a school that was heavily recruiting him.”
Ross is UNC’s first defensive commitment since Gene Chizik became defensive coordinator. How did the new defensive staff – John Papuchis and Charlton Warren – factor into Ross’s commitment?
“North Carolina is a school that we attend their football camps every year, so we’re very familiar with their staff past and present. I had some experiences with Chizik when he was at Auburn, because he was recruiting another player of mine, Ronald Darby, who just got drafted by the Buffalo Bills and played at Florida State. It was good knowing his background already and what he can bring to the table and how he can help Greg after he receives his degree from North Carolina. He’ll be able to help Greg reach some of his other goals, such as the NFL.
“This is a good connection because of the proximity. A lot of my kids originate from North Carolina/South Carolina by way of D.C. I think this is an area North Carolina can take advantage of.”