Now those same fans have an even greater reason from a perception standpoint to cling to Ross and in wanting to see him sign next Wednesday his letter of intent with Oklahoma State.
Fred Ross is a Parade All-American. The annual high school All-American team publishing by the magazine that comes as a Sunday supplement in newspapers all across America has slipped some in noteriety and distinction in the internet age, but it still carries a mystique to it as does the label "Parade All-American."
Oklahoma State has had very few Parade All-Americans sign to play for the Cowboys over the years. According to our research, Lufkin's Dez Bryant, one of Ross's heroes, was a Parade All-American that signed with Oklahoma State. The most recent Parade All-American to sign with OSU was Mustang, Okla. receiver David Glidden, who will be a sophomore next season.
Ross finished th3 2012 season with 2,100 all-purpose yards and 85 receptions for 1,583 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. Ross is also a basketball standout for the Lions and scored 13 points in a 75-60 win over rival Whitehouse on Friday night.
Our guess is there were coaches in the stands for the game from the two schools that appear to be fighting down to the wire for his signature on Wednesday.
Oklahoma State has had his pledge for so long but saw that promise slip last weekend after an official recruiting visit Ross took to Mississippi State.
This week coaches from both schools were in Tyler to make home visits. Head coach Mike Gundy had already taken his home visit to see Ross and his family. It is speculated that three Oklahoma State coaches in East Texas recruiting ace and offensive line coach Joe Wickline, wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn, and new inside receivers coach Jason Ray were in his home on Wednesday or Thursday night.
Ross has not communicated with the recruiting media, and he has not answered his phone in the last week, leaving just exactly where he will sign and land for his college career a mystery heading into the final days of the recruiting season.