Heels Leading for '08 East Wake Star

Rising junior East Wake defensive end DeQuann Ross, who has an offer from North Carolina and calls the Tar Heels his leader, will likely prep at Hargrave for a year following his final high school season this fall, his coach said on Tuesday.

"He's going to go to Hargrave, nine chances out of 10," Warriors coach Jimmy Williams told Inside Carolina. "He'll probably leave and go to prep school by Christmas."

Due to his age, Ross' will use up his last year of high school eligibility this season. As a sophomore, he recorded 87 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks – while platooning with two players who earned scholarship offers.

"He had a great year last year and a lot of people talked about him," Williams said. "But we had [Aleric] Mullins and another end that signed with Catawba. This year he's going to be more of a marquee player."

Ross helped anchor an '05 defense that held opponents to 11 points and less than 170 total yards per game. He carries his impressive size well, running 40 yards in 4.9 seconds.

"DeQuann is a lot like the rest of the guys we've had over the years linemen-wise," Williams said. "He's just special. Any great coach can coach him up, but when you're 6-4, 270 and run like he runs, I just try not to mess it up.

"He's real explosive. He's got a motor that won't stop on Friday nights. He's real coachable, but he's got a nasty streak also. It takes a little while to activate it, but once you do it's nasty."

And he wants to be a Tar Heel one day.

Back on Feb. 3, Ross told IC: "It's all about Carolina for me. That's where I want to play someday."

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