Ross Commits To Owls

Rice has loaded up on linemen in the 2009 class. Still needing to add skill position players the Owls hit the jackpot Wednesday by landing one of the state's fastest Running Backs...

Wednesday was a HUGE day in Rice football recruiting. The Owls have stockpiled big Linemen and Linebackers for the 2009 class, leaving nothing but a few skill positions available for what is shaping up to be an historic 2009 class. Well that changed Wednesday when they added a difference making Running Back to that impressive group - Schertz Clemens' speedster RB Charles Ross became an Owl!

I asked Charles about his decision to become an Owl.

"I visited Rice about a month ago on an unofficial visit with my dad. I really liked the class sizes and the fact that the professors were very eager to teach and assist students." I also liked the fact that were chefs for each dining hall. I like to eat."

Chalk up the assist for Rice Dining Services.

Ross met a couple of other San Antonio standouts while on campus - Jarett Dillard and Chase Clement. He was impressed with both.

And with the Rice offense that the record setting pair creates.

"I like the fact that Rice spreads the ball around, which will create room for me to run. I like the Single Back formation they use. It's a good fit for me."

Ross is a specimen of an athlete that was clocked at below 4.4 seconds in the forty twice at the New Braunfels Rice Camp earlier this year.

If you drew up a prototype for a Running Back, Ross would match it perfectly. His workout numbers are simply off the charts.

Height: 6-1 3/4

Weight: 199 pounds

40 yard dash: 4.38 seconds

Vertical: 37"

Bench: 355 pounds

Squat: 465 pounds

Ross is a rated a 3 Star prospect by Scout and the 63rd best Running Back in the country. He's rated the #11 player on our Scout South Texas Top 75. Dave Campbell's lists him as one of the Top 20 Running Backs in Texas this year.

Ross played Running Back and Linebacker for Clemens last year where he was a Unanimous All District 26-4A selection at Running Back. He also earned Honorable Mention 4A All State honors for his efforts.

He chose Rice over offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, and the University of Houston. Ross also camped at Texas A&M and UTEP's San Antonio camp. Junior Stats:

Rushing: 1259 yards on 225 carries, 5.6 yards per carry avg., 14 TDs.

Receiving: 424 yards on 20 catches 21.2 yards per catch avg., 7 TDs.

Charles said he was relieved to have recruiting out of the way and is excited about his commit to Rice.

"I've thought about it for over a month and talked about it with my family. I think Rice is the best place for me. I think the program is on the rise."

I asked Charles what Coach David Bailiff's reaction was to his commit.

"He's on vacation in Florida right now at Disney World. He said he felt like me committing was like winning the Super Bowl and then going to Disney World. He was just real excited and pumped up."

We all are Charles, welcome to Rice!

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