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OL Billy Ross Favoring UNC, Nears Decision

The West Virginia lineman left Chapel Hill on Saturday with a leader.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Although he didn’t commit, Billy Ross crowned North Carolina his leader, following Fedora’s Freak Show on Saturday.

“Well, [UNC] is my leader right now,” Ross said. “I just want to make sure of that, go on a couple more visits, and then get a commitment date before my senior season.”

Days prior to the Freak Show, Ross, a 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive lineman from Huntington (W.Va.), released a top seven list consisting of Florida, Florida State, Marshall, Michigan State, UNC, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Ross's entire family accompanied him to the Freak Show. While he wasn’t willing to pull the trigger on Saturday, his family was ready. 

“My family kind of wanted me to [commit],” Ross said. “I just want to reassure it. I just want to be 100-percent sure, because once I commit I want to be 100-percent to that school. I want to be 100-percent solid to North Carolina or wherever I decide.”

Ross says he’d like to return to Florida State, Michigan State, and Tennessee before making verbal commitment plans.

Shortly following the Mid-Summer Dead Period, which commences on June 27 and ends on July 10, Ross plans to travel to the winning school and commit in person.

“Whenever I commit, I’ll say it to them face to face,” Ross said. 

Unless UNC is the victor, Ross won’t make any future visits to Chapel Hill.

Saturday’s Freak Show was Ross’s third trip to UNC. He used his most recent visit to evaluate the coaching technique of Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels’ offensive line coach.

“I like the way he teaches,” Ross said. “I can work with that. It’s the way I feel comfortable with.

“I liked the intensity. He can actually demonstrate it. Most coaches, they’re tellers – they can’t actually get out there and do it. And [Kapilovic] can and that’s what I like.”

According to Ross, he’s being projected to play either guard or tackle by Kapilovic. Right tackle, Ross said, has a slight edge.

Outside of drills, Kapilovic definitely hammered home his pitch to Ross.

“He tells me I’ll be a perfect fit for here, they really want me, [and] there’s no better place,” Ross said. “

Kapilovic isn’t the only person recruiting Ross for UNC. Ross is also hearing from UNC pledge/fellow O-line Jonah Melton.

“He’s telling me to join the family,” Ross said.


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