Is SU looking at local RB Dale Ross?

There is a lot of talent locally this year in Central New York. SU has already gotten a commit from Auburn OT/DT Nick Lepak and has been keeping an eye on others such as Marcus Sales, Latavius Murray and DeAndre Preaster. Is Ross another local being watched?

This summer at their camp, Syracuse's coaches caught an eyeful of a potential game breaker in the form of Westhill High (N.Y.) running back Dale Ross. And five games into his senior season, Ross has done nothing to change that impression.

Through five games, Ross, has rushed for an outlandish 1,100 yards and 21 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, who is being recruited By Syracuse and Rutgers among others, is gaining buzz that he could be the best player in Section Three.

"He's like a Reggie Bush back [in terms of versatility and running style]," said Westhill's coach Gary Griffo. "He has a great combination of strength and speed. He's a slasher, but he has no trouble running through people when he needs to."

The biggest issue for Ross right now is getting his SAT score taken care of. He will take the test again this fall, but until then, he's focused mostly on his senior season. There have been no visits planned, and he probably won't see any offers until after he takes the test again.

But that doesn't mean Syracuse isn't keeping tabs on him.

"He definitely got some attention" at SU camp over the summer, Griffo said. "Their new coaching staff is doing a great job of looking at the local talent."

When Griffo says Ross is a combination of power and strength, he's not kidding. Ross can squat 485 pounds 10 times, and he runs a 4.45-second 40-yard dash.

"For a 185-pound running back, that's pretty good," Griffo said.

Last year Ross rushed for more than 1,800 yards while leading his team to a 9-1 record. He could very well double that total this season. We should know more about his recruitment a bit later in the game. will keep you updated.

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