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LB Dominique Ross Feels the UNC Brotherhood

Tar Heel commitment began official visit schedule at UNC.

North Carolina pledge Dominique Ross came out of the Dead Period with official visits scheduled to three ACC Coastal Division schools – UNC, Virginia Tech, and Miami – on consecutive weekends. The Tar Heels hoped Ross’s schedule would abruptly end after just one trip: Chapel Hill this past weekend.

“I’m going to V-Tech this weekend, but I’m not sure about Miami anymore,” Ross said. “I just want to go [to Virginia Tech] to talk to their coaches.”

It’s been quite some time since Ross, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, has visited Blacksburg. He certainly hasn’t been on campus since Justin Fuente took over for the retired Frank Beamer.

Like UNC, Virginia Tech’s roster includes a former teammate of Ross’s – Isaiah Ford.

“We talk, but not as much as me and Dre [Andre Smith],” Ross said. 

That makes sense because Ford graduated from Trinity Christian in 2014, while Smith graduated a year ago. Furthermore, Smith and Ross were linebacker mates, while Ford played on the opposite side of the ball.

While in UNC this past weekend, the coaches brought up Ross’s impending Virginia Tech visit.

“They said they hope that I’m going just to hang out with Isaiah Ford and not for any other reason than that,” Ross said. “I just told them not to worry.”

Along those lines, Ross classifies his UNC commitment as “strong.”

The official visit was Ross’s fourth trip to UNC overall.

“The other times I went, the players weren’t there,” Ross said. “[During the official visit], I got to see the players and see how they act as a team.

“I thought we all fit in together. We all got along together well. Even the people who are not committed to North Carolina it’s like they’re in the brotherhood, too. If they’re not committed to North Carolina, they’re going to feel like they should be.”

In Ross’s case, it certainly helps to feel a part of a brotherhood with Smith around. Thus, it wasn’t a coincidence that Smith, whom Ross has known for five years, served as his player host.

“That was fun,” Ross said. “He showed us around. We had a good time.”

Heading into the visit, Ross had a couple of questions. He saved them for UNC assistant coaches Gene Chizik and John Papuchis.

“I wanted to know about them bringing in more linebackers and how I would fit into their scheme,” Ross said. “They brought in extra linebackers because they don’t have many right now. They told me I could blitz and drop into coverage.”

Ross is pleased with his projected duties. He played a similar role (i.e. the Bandit position) for Trinity Christian – which went undefeated and won the FHSAA 3A Title – compiling 54 tackles, including 15.5 for a loss and 11.5 sacks, plus 10 pass breakups.

Sunday morning, Ross concluded his stay by meeting with Larry Fedora.

“He told me what I meant to the program and what I meant to this class,” Ross said.

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