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
Scout.com got the exclusive with Rory.
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
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