Ross Apo: A Pure Receiver

The Texas Longhorns have many an impressive prospects in their 2010 class. Perhaps the least discussed among them is Arlington The Oakridge receiver Ross Apo. The 6-3, 194-pounder is one of the rising juniors not only in the state, but also nationwide. Burnt Orange Beat attended a private workout of the Arlington star and files this scouting report and photo gallery.

Playing receiver for Ross Apo is natural. The 6-3, 194-pounder makes playing the position look easy. Whether it's beating press coverage or running routes or making the tough catch on poorly thrown passes, Apo does so with smooth, fluid movements and an innate feel for the game.

On Thursday afternoon, Apo, a pair of his teammates and four senior players at Euless Trinity worked out at Colleyville Heritage running routes and covering in a one-on-one setting. The rising junior was very impressive, needless to say.

Ross Apo Scouting Report

There are a lot of things to like about the 6-3 (without shoes on), 194 pound receiver. The first thing that jumped out watching him workout and run routes by himself (QB throwing to him) is that he works at the position with a vigorous attention to detail. He has the appearance and attitude of a player that will maximize his potential. That is always a great start and probably number one when looking at a kid and talking with him and people around him.

He ran five easy go routes to begin, five stop routes, five 10-yard outs, five post corner routes and a couple of other routes as well. After running around 25 routes, some of the Euless Trinity players showed up at Colleyville Heritage High (they all workout there a few days a week). Prinze Kande, a future safety at Kansas, future Nebraska running back Dontravious Robinson and a corner headed to the I-AA level. Apo and Kande matched the majority of the time.

Apo works on footwork drills and lateral drills constantly and it shows as he can footfire against press coverage at the same time using his very long arms to break free from the pressing corner. Like the majority of big receivers, he can continue to work on getting quicker off the line of scrimmage, but he's ahead of most big receivers in that regard.

Once into the route, Apo has an impressive feel and understanding of the position, how to create space and giving a subtle inside move after the catch before quickly spinning/turning back to the outside. He does a good job of sinking the hips and extending out of his breaks. He creates space with a long first step more than pure quickness.

On deep balls, he has a long stride and runs through the ball very, very well. He's got huge, engulfing hands and is very adept at making the over the shoulder catch with fluidity and timing. He also has worked on a subtle drop of the shoulders and hips on double moves that seem to get the corner to false step every time.

In watching for nearly an hour and a half, Apo made the clean catch every time. On several occasions on out routes, he had to make the clean catch and keep the feet inbounds on throws delivered late. He did so smoothly, with good balance and without awkward movement. Making the catch, knowing where you are along the sidelines with the ability and understanding of how to keep the feet inbounds was made to look easy.

He's way above average in terms of hands, ability to quickly adjust the body and hands to passes thrown low and in front as well as passes thrown high and behind, body control, understanding of body position and timing on high point plays and double moves.

Apo also appears faster than he did on junior video, but he has been working 2-3 days a week with former Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Jon Drummond. As expected, that has paid off in terms of straight-line speed and a little more explosion.

His ability to stop/start and make the first and sometimes second defender miss didn't show up in the workout setting as it does when the pads are on every Friday night.


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