Arizona Tackle Commits to Pac 10 School

Offensive tackle Rory Ross from Peoria HS (Peoria, AZ) had his dreams come true and committed to a play in the Pac 10 today. See where inside…

Offensive tackle Rory Ross from Peoria HS was an unknown commodity mainly because he hadn't played the position before this year. He was a tight end his entire high school career until he took one for the team and moved to offensive tackle for his senior campaign. That move ended up paying off as Ross made his verbal commitment to play at Oregon State today. got the exclusive with Rory. Why Oregon State?

Ross: "Mainly because they showed the most interest. Also because it is getting close to signing day and I'm glad that I finally have a major college option."


What did you like about it on your trip?

"I really like the campus. Their recreational facilities are some of the best I've seen. I also got a chance to hang out with a few of the players and they seemed like the kind of people I could see myself playing with. The coaching staff is great; they are truly one big family. I also have relatives in the northwest so I'd be only a couple of hours away from them."


You have played TE through high school. Did you imagine you would be going to college as an OT?

"At the beginning of my senior year I thought it could be a possibility and I knew coaches would like my athleticism and the fact that I would be able to put on the weight fairly easily. I'm currently at 250 lbs and can easily add more on my upper body. I played quick tackle my senior year and made 2nd team all region."


What other schools did you consider?

"I considered all of the in-state schools but never received an offered. I have communicated with Arizona State a lot and Northern Arizona said that they had me as a preferred walk-on with a chance to get an offer once I got up there. I had an unofficial to San Diego State as well. I feel that everything worked out and I'll be playing in the PAC-10."


Are you qualified?

"Yes I am qualified (1500 SAT and 3.0 GPA) and registered with the clearinghouse."


What do you want to major in?

"I'd like to major in business."


Ross was recruited by Beaver's offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh who recruits Arizona. The potential is there for Ross as he has the frame to put on a lot of weight. He has the athleticism that college coaches like in their offensive tackles as he also plays basketball for Peoria. Ross will undoubtedly red-shirt next year at OSU and then compete for playing time.

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