The talent level in the state of Michigan is certainly getting better. This was evident the past two recruiting seasons, however, the 2012 class will be one of the best in recent memory. One of the players leading the way for the state is Orchard Lake St. Mary High School middle linebacker James “Biggs” Ross. Ross is a 6’0” 210 pound linebacker, who already claims offers from Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. UMGoBlog caught up with Ross to get filled in on his young recruitment and find out what factors he’ll be looking at when choosing a school.
With his recruitment just starting to pick up, Ross has no top team(s). When looking at schools Ross said he is looking for “[how comfortable I am] in a school, having a good relationship with the coaches, academics, and the overall environment.” When asked about whether location would be a factor he responded “location doesn’t really matter. I will go where I believe a school most fits me but it would be great to stay home and play college ball because I have my family support and am already familiar with the environment.” As an avid football fan growing up, Ross followed every team. He had no childhood favorite and won’t have an emotional connection to any school out there. Ross does hope to create a top list after he takes some visits this off-season.
With a new coaching staff at Michigan, Ross is still waiting to hear from the new staff. Ross said, “I’m very interested in Michigan and am impressed with the coaching staff.” Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will obviously have an impact on Ross’ decision. Ross is excited by that move and has been a fan of the Ravens defense and Ray Lewis. “I try to emulate Ray when I play. To see the coach who coached him come to Michigan is very impressive and that is going to be a big factor in my decision.” Once again, Ross does not have a top list but he did say, “Michigan will definitely be on my list when I make it.”
Ross was an unofficial visitor last season for the home opener against UConn. As a sophomore he registered 103 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries and an interception.