Playing in Mullins' shadow last fall, Ross, a 6-foot-2 265-pounder, tallied 82 tackles including 15 for a loss and 10 ½ sacks, earning all-conference honors. Those already impressive numbers are expected to increase.
Although only a junior, this will be Ross's last year at East Wake.
"Well, my senior year I'm going to age out, so I've got to go to Hargrave [Military Academy]," said Ross. "I've got to see if I can get in there or not."
Despite the grade uncertainty, Ross has received interest from schools such as East Carolina, Florida State, and Louisville. However, he revealed that North Carolina is recruiting him the hardest
"The college I've been talking to the most is UNC," said Ross. "I think we've got a good friendship, right now. I normally talk to Coach [John] Bunting and Coach [Kenny] Browning. I haven't talked to them recently, because they have been busy, but I talk to them a lot.
"Coach Browning talks about how their defense is down there and how the situation is down there," said Ross. "He just tells me what would happen if I do go there – how they would treat me."
Ross is more focused on getting into Hargrave than recruiting at this point, but revealed North Carolina is his leader.
"I like the location and the coaches there," said Ross. "I wouldn't mind playing with [Aleric Mullins] again."
Ross' junior season opens at Wake Forest-Rolesville on August 25th.