Rebels eye Bayou defensive tackle

Joel Ross (DT, Houma, LA) - One of the more impressive prospects that attended the combine in New Oleans measured in at 6' 0", 310 and ran a camp best 5.2 forty for the 300 plus pounders.

"I thought I would run it faster than that," added Vanderbilt Catholic's star defensive tackle, Joel Ross. "I was like man, I have been doing it in the 4.9's before this. I want to see what I can do next time."

Ross had 62 tackles, 10 of which were for losses, 8 sacks, and recovered 3 fumbles as a junior. He is already benching over 360 pounds and squats 600 plus.

"I think my overall body strength and my quickness are my best attributes. I just try to go 110 percent every play, every game."

Has Joel had a chance to take in any football camps this summer?

"No, I am in summer school for a subject I need to make a better grade in. My class ends in July. I will see what camps are left over and try to go to one of those. Right now, the only thing on my mind is getting my grades straight. Football will take care of itself."

Where does Joel stand, academically?

"I have a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.3 Core GPA."

Which colleges are staying in constant contact with Ross?

"I talked to Ole Miss today, and I get a lot of letters from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. I got a letter from Oklahoma State today. They have all offered me, all three."

Any additional offers?

"I picked up an offer from Arkansas, Grambling, and McNease State."

Outside of the colleges who have offered; who else is in the game for Joel's signature?

"I guess mostly from LSU, considering they are my home state. I thought they would have already offered me. And Florida, they won the national championship. They can pretty much get who ever they want. They call a lot, and I guess you can say they are keeping me on the hot seat."

What stands out about Ole Miss?

"I feel pretty good about Ole Miss. They have a good staff. I was able to go up there last summer for a camp of theirs. They were the first school to offer me. They offered me at their camp, and that just kind of got things going between us. They have a great DL coach, and then Coach Orgeron started out as a DL coach at Miami and USC. Everyone has told me that he is the best DL coach in the country."

It also looks like the Rebels have a key connection with Joel.

"I would have to say that Ole Miss is recruiting me the hardest because my head coach just got a job up there, and I know they are drilling him about getting me and staying in contact with me. We talk pretty much every day. Yea, I would have to say Ole Miss is recruiting me the hardest. Oklahoma is not far behind them though. They have really been pushing for me to commit."

What are Oklahoma's positives?

"To tell you the truth, I do not know much about the Oklahoma schools. I know that Oklahoma plays in a bunch of bowls, and I hear OSU has been playing in some bowls too. They are both good programs, but I probably know a little more about Oklahoma because of their tradition and my relationship with their staff."

Where do the Hawgs stand?

"Arkansas is another good program and are always playing in bowls. Their past success; that is what stands out about Arkansas. They also turned McFadden into something special. I am really anxious to see what they do this year. They have really picked up their recruitment with me ever since they offered me a few weeks back."

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