Billy Ross (Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina)

UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: OL Billy Ross

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

BIO: Versatile player who has experience at tackle and guard • Ranked the No. 1 offensive tackle in West Virginia, No. 7 in the East and No. 39 in the country by Scout.com • Listed as the No. 1 offensive tackle in West Virginia and No. 42 in the nation by 247sports.com composite rankings • Helped lead Huntington to a 7-4 record as a senior • Huntington averaged more than 7.5 yards rushing per play and the team’s tailback set single-season records for yards, and rushing attempts • Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs as a junior • Made the all-state team in West Virginia 3A classification .

LEAD UNC RECRUITER: Chris Kapilovic

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RECRUITMENT: After spending the spring months visiting schools throughout the Eastern time zone -- including a couple stops in Chapel Hill -- Ross named Florida, Florida State, Marshall, Michigan State, UNC, Tennessee, and Virginia his final seven schools. Following a return to UNC for Fedora’s Freak Show, he named the Tar Heels his leader and eliminated Florida, Michigan State, and Virginia. Eventually, though, it became a UNC-UT battle with Ross selecting the Heels on the eve of his senior season.

WHY CAROLINA: "It’s home there, to me. I love everything about it. It’s a college town. I see me possibly getting early playing time there – possibly redshirting my first year and then getting involved after my redshirt freshman year. I love the relationship with my coaches. I really felt like I was wanted there."

EVALUATION: Although he played offensive tackle in high school, Ross is primed for a move to guard on the collegiate level. At guard, his movement skills at 6-foot-5 and nearly 300 pounds will be at a premium. He doesn’t consistently engage with defenders and finish his blocks like he’s capable of, but that should improve with coaching. When he does lock onto a defender, Ross has the upper body strength and leg drive to push them away from the play.

HS COACH QUOTES: “He runs really well and has great feet and long arms. He can play any of the five positions up front. I know most schools were recruiting him as a guard but he can play center. He’s never played center for us but he could. He can play all five spots and I think his versatility really helps him at that level because instead of having to carry four tackles, they can carry three tackles and three guards because Billy is versatile and can play either one. Big props to him. He’s worked hard and we’re proud of him.” — Billy Seals, Huntington HS (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Billy is a big, good-looking guy who is going to be a force. He can play both tackle or guard because he has the length and the girth. We’ll probably start him off inside."

UNC OC CHRIS KAPILOVIC QUOTES: "Billy played tackle primarily in high school, but I can see him playing guard. He’s a big, physical mauler-type player. Plays with an attitude and with an edge."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: That meant the Rosses went that entire trip without seeing or speaking to Larry Fedora, which made UNC’s head coach think Tennessee was Ross’s choice. Fortunate for him, Fedora wrong. … Read the full subscriber-only report 

http://www.scout.com/player/198890-billy-ross?s=78

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