ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. – Freshman linebacker Josh Ross joined elite company this fall when he started on the varsity team at St. Mary’s High.
Ross has the look of a big-time prospect in the class-of-2017.
The 6-foot, 194-pound Ross became the second first-year player to start for long-time coach George Porritt, joining former Florida State/Ohio State defensive back Dionte Allen.
The St. Mary’s program has pumped out many big-time players, so this puts into perspective the type of prospect young Ross could be. Ross already holds offers from Michigan State and Oklahoma, and he is the younger brother of Michigan’s outstanding sophomore linebacker James Ross, who capped his prep career as a U.S. Army All-American.
“His brother probably could’ve played, but (Josh) did and had an impact for us right away,” Porritt said. “He did an outstanding job until he got hurt.”
Ross will be out of the walking boot soon and is expecting to be a menace on defense the next three years for St. Mary’s.
“Understands the game,” Porritt said. “You worry about physicality, and he had the physicality to play as a freshman. Being able to play the game and understanding how to tackle, some kids don’t have that to protect themselves and he’s fine.
“He has good instincts, plays with low pad level and he reads things pretty well.”
Ross will only continue to get better. With that, more and more schools will begin showing interest. On Saturday he was back in Ann Arbor visiting Michigan.
“Michigan, they’re always, that’s a great school to go to,” Ross said. “To know they’re looking at me, it’s very humbling and exciting to think about. It’s a good school and if they jump in and offer me quick, they’re going to be a real contender for me committing eventually.”
Michigan State would like to see Ross in green on the next level and he attended the Spartans victory over the Wolverines the week before.
“Michigan State, my mentality was to see how the school was and see if it fits me and my best interest,” Ross said. “Being at the game and seeing those fans and they were talking smack about Michigan, it was exciting.”
Oklahoma was first to offer Ross and he looks forward to getting back to Norman.
“I love the school Oklahoma,” he said. “When I went there to visit there everything about it was so nice.”
As Ross continues to develop, there are a few schools he’d like to hear from and have an opportunity to consider.
“Of course Ohio State and the big SEC schools,” Ross said. “Alabama, that would be nice for them to look at me.”
Ross has also talked with his older brother about the recruiting process.
“My brother knows I should go to any school I think is best for me,” he said.