UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DB Greg Ross

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: PrepStar All-Atlantic Region • Helped lead Potomac to a 10-3 mark as a senior • Posted 78 tackles (42 solo), four interceptions and four pass breakups


RECRUITMENT: After attending a UNC Junior Day, Ross anointed the Tar Heels his leader. He eventually rounded out his finalists list with Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and set May 2 as his commitment date. However, his announcement was delayed a couple of weeks to allow his parents to completely see the UNC campus. During that visit, Ross committed.

WHY CAROLINA: “I picked North Carolina because (of) the location. It’s three hours away – I won’t feel as though I’m too close to home, I won’t feel as though I’m too far. [Secondly], the coaches up there – I have a great relationship with the coaches. And also I love the new defensive scheme with Coach [Gene] Chizik and Coach Warren. And also [I like] the facilities, the academics, and the football program – it’s big-time football.”

EVALUATION: Ross is a competitive, physical, and long defensive back capable of playing anywhere within the secondary. The 6-foot-1, 162-pounder loves contact. As such, he attacks in run support like a linebacker and enjoys jarring a pass incomplete with a well-timed hit on the receiver. But, Ross will also use his length to swat a pass away or high-point the ball for an interception.

HS COACH QUOTES: “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 could 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. They plan on using him as a cornerback. Their 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. 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. 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.” — Ron Crump, Potomac HS

UNC DB COACH CHARLTON WARREN: "I got a taste of Greg out at the Freak Show when he was going against some top wideouts. When you are 6-0, you run a 4.4 and have a very aggressive mentality, those are all the things we look for in guys we want to play out on that island out there we call the corner. His mentality, his length, his speed, those are going to be great additions to our program, he's quality young man, got a great family and we are real excited to have him in Chapel Hill."

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