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LB Commit Dominique Ross Feeling At Home At UNC

Linebacker commitment Dominique Ross was back in Chapel Hill over the weekend.

Dominique Ross’s two post-commitment visits to North Carolina – the most recent occurring this past weekend – have only strengthened his commitment to the Tar Heels.

“Every time I come up, I feel more comfortable and more at home,” the 6-foot-3, 203-pound linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy said. “Right now, I feel like North Carolina is the place for me.”

A primary reason for Ross’s comfort: there’s plenty of Jacksonville within UNC’s roster. Six Tar Heels are Jacksonville natives, including the two freshman that Ross hung out with on Saturday night – former teammate Andre Smith and William Sweet.

“It felt like being back at home,” Ross said. “It felt close. I was comfortable.”

A week after visiting UNC in early June, Ross committed to the Tar Heels. He was back on campus in late July. With Trinity Christian on a bye this past week, Ross saw an opportunity to catch his first game in Kenan Stadium.

“I thought the atmosphere was good,” Ross said. “Still a lot of people came even though it was in the rain. It wasn’t as much as it usually is, but it was a good crowd.”

Ross’s focus, though, was on the field – particularly when UNC’s defense was front and center.

“I saw that a lot of players made plays,” Ross said. “But they need more depth.”

Ross is unsure when he’ll be back in Chapel Hill. But, he does know his official visit will take place in January.

The aforementioned January trip will be a part of Ross’s brimming official visit schedule, since he plans on taking all five of his official visits. Though he doesn’t have any official visits scheduled, he’s eyeing trips to Miami and Virginia Tech, and maybe LSU and UCLA.

Ross hasn’t discussed officially visiting other schools with UNC’s coaches.

“I’m pretty sure they know, though” Ross said.

As soon as Ross and his father reached UNC on Saturday morning, they were welcomed by Charlton Warren, his primary recruiter. Much of their stay – which lasted until Sunday at noon – was spent with Warren and John Papuchis, the Tar Heels’ linebackers coach.

“We talked about the Sam [linebacker] position [and] the Will [linebacker] position,” Ross said. “We talked about the seniors that are playing that are going to be leaving next year.”

According to Ross, Papuchis and Warren see Ross as a Sam (strong-side) linebacker within their 4-3 scheme. For Trinity, Ross plays a Bandit-like position (hybrid linebacker/defensive end) within its 3-4 defense. After four games – all victories – he has 20 tackles (13 solo), including 5.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

“I think I’d be able to adapt quickly [to a new scheme],” Ross said. “I feel like it probably won’t be too much of a problem, because of my athletic ability.”

Briefly before and after UNC’s 41-14 rout of Delaware, Ross spoke with Larry Fedora.

“He didn’t say much,” Ross said. “He’s just ready for me to come in. He said he was happy to see me. He was just talking to us about the campus.”

The next morning, Ross again conversed with Fedora, Papuchis, and Warren, in addition to Tray Scott. But Ross spent the most time that day with Gene Chizik, UNC’s defensive coordinator.

“He just told me what they have to do against Georgia Tech next week,” Ross said. “He showed me some film and he showed me where I could help out at.”

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