To devote as much time as possible to the preparation of his college career, North Carolina signee Greg Ross elected to skip track this spring.
“I’ve just been working out in the weight room, getting field work in, [and] working out with my trainer,” Ross said. “… I’m trying to get bigger and faster.”
Bigger and faster is exactly what Ross has become. The Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac product is now walking around with 175 pounds on his long, 6-foot-1 frame. The UNC coaches have asked Ross to be at 180 pounds when he arrives permanently on June 14.
“I’ve definitely gotten stronger and faster,” Ross said. “And I’ve put on eight pounds since the end of the season, so I’m getting bigger and faster.”
In the weight room, Ross follows the workout regimen sent to him by UNC’s strength and conditioning staff. On the field, he works out under the guidance of his trainer, Mike Mullens.
Ross first begun working with Mullens last summer. The ensuing season, Ross went on to lead Potomac with four interceptions and finished second with 78 tackles.
Since signing with UNC in February, Ross returned twice to Chapel Hill. He attended a spring practice and was back for the spring game.
“To me, they look good,” Ross said. “There are some things that they can tweak with the guys they have coming in, as far as the defensive side of the ball. Other than that, everything else is looking good.”
Ross plans to be one of the impactful newcomers.
“Coach [Charlton] Warren told me I’ll have a great opportunity to come in and play as a true freshman,” Ross said. “They want to start me off at corner.”
Warren has also told Ross that he’ll be able to continue to wear No. 5 into his UNC career.
“I have a god brother, who played football at Potomac, [and] he wore No. 5,” Ross said. “He had the opportunity to go play college football, but he didn’t; he pursued a career in pro boxing. He told me, ‘Man, just finish rocking the No. 5 for me and try to rock it as loud as you can.’”
Thus far, the career choice has worked out for Ross’s god brother, D’Mitrius Ballard. He has a 12-0-0 record with eight knockouts while fighting in the super middleweight division.
Ross, who says he has been cleared by UNC admissions and deemed qualified by the NCAA Eligibility Center, plans to major in Peace, War, and Defense.
“I want to take the field as an FBI agent or secret service agent – or anything high tech dealing with the federals,” Ross said. “They were telling me that Peace, War, and Defense is a great major to take be able to do that after football.”
For now, though, Ross’s football is football – especially since he's ostensibly done with high school.
“I’m starting to feel it,” Ross said. “I just finished up, basically, my last week of school last week with finishing my finals. So, now I know it’s basically the real deal now. I’m excited, I’m happy, and I’m just blessed to do be able to do what I love to do at North Carolina.”