Over the last month Tyrese Ross has gone from regional recruit with just four offers to a recruit on the national scale holding a dozen offers. It could be that schools were a little slow to pick up on his new locale as he recently moved from Jacksonville to Atlanta a few months ago.
“I’m actually a Florida boy. I recently moved up to Georgia about nine months ago,” the 6-foot safety prospect told BeaverBlitz.
As a sophomore in 2015, Ross was an integral part of leading Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian Academy to an undefeated season and a Florida 3A State Championship. This past fall, Ross moved 350 miles north up I-75 to Atlanta’s Westlake High School where he again helped lead a stalwart defense to an 11-4 mark and an appearance in the 7A Georgia State semifinal game.
With spring football off and running, college coaches are starting to make the rounds checking out prospects from coast to coast. Ross has definitely been the benefactor of the spring evaluation period.
Having picked up his first offer in February from Mississippi State, he has seen a flurry of programs become involved over the past month and a half as Nevada, Western Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic, West Virginia, Indiana, Temple, Michigan State, Georgia Southern and Oregon State have all extended offers with the Beavers being the most recent.
Ross provided some insight into how it went down when he got the offer from OSU.
“Coach Hall was at my school Thursday and we were just chopping it up. And then as I was getting ready to leave for class he said that I was getting an offer from OSU. He had been telling me about how he had played down here for the Falcons and how he was familiar with the area.”
While the offer is new to Ross, he has done some homework on the Beavers’ program and initially he likes what they’re about. He also likes what the coaching staff has been telling him early on.
“I see Oregon State as a great program. I like how they play football and how they play in Pac-12. Coach Hall made a point to tell me that they need a player like me to play come over there because I have a different playing style than what they’re used to.”
As college programs are lining up in pursuit of Ross’ commitment, all of the programs recruiting him are on even footing as of right now. Moving forward, he would like to take some visits to see different college campuses in an effort to try and narrow things down.
“Nobody is really standing out yet. There’s a lot of recruiting going on where I’m hearing from a lot of schools that I’m interested in and I know that more schools will come into play as my recruitment continues. I’m just really weighing all my options and all are even right now.”
As it is still early in his recruitment, Ross claims no leaders but is forming an idea of what he’s looking for in a program. Early playing time, a fan base that stands out and supports their program and lastly, a place that feels like a second home, are some of the characteristics of the program Tyrese will pledge to.