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Recruiting on the South Plains | 2013 LB Andre Ross Commits to Texas Tech

Texas Tech received a late commitment to their 2013 class in Navarro J.C. LB Andre Ross.

This is Sebastian Ross of the AFL St Kilda Saints.
This is Sebastian Ross of the AFL St Kilda Saints.
Scott Barbour

PLAYER: Andre Ross

POSITION: Linebacker / Defensive End
HEIGHT: 6'4"
JUCO: Navarro J.C.
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports N/R
VTM PROFILE DATE: May 17, 2013

OFFERS | Arizona St., Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Troy, West Virginia. That's a pretty nice list.

STATS | From what I can gather, as a redshirt freshman, Ross had 30 tackles and 7 sacks (see Sooner Scoop article linked below).

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Per the DMN, Ross is very excited about playing outside linebacker:

"On my visit, I enjoyed myself out there, hanging and being around the coaches and players," Ross told Dickens. "I felt comfortable around them. The defense, the scheme that they have going this year, I feel like I’m going to make more plays playing outside linebacker for a 3-4 school. That was one of the big, key reasons why I chose Texas Tech. Then I enjoyed myself being around the coaches and the players, feeling comfortable around them."

Sooner Scoop also had a bit of history on Ross, who took visits to Oklahoma and TCU in addition to Texas Tech. Ross started playing 6-man football for Calvert and as you might expect, he didn't get a lot of attention, but after playing for Navarro for a year, he's received quite a bit of attention:

Playing that level of football is going to make it just shy of impossible to receive college attention, so Ross says he decided to go the junior college route. His freshman year at Navarro he red-shirted and then last year playing defensive end for the first time in his football career, Ross amassed 30-tackles and 7-sacks on the season. That's when schools started to take notice.

Since then programs like Arizona State, Texas Tech, TCU, Troy and West Virginia have all extended Ross offers along with a recent offer from Texas A&M. The Aggies offer was made last Wednesday and then just the following day another offer was made to Ross, this time from the Big 12.

SCOUTING REPORT | Ross is pretty raw, but ridiculously athletic. It's somewhat amazing that he's able to do so much with having so little technique. He doesn't really use his hands at all, just his speed. He really does fly around the ball and he can get up and down the line of scrimmage pretty easily. And he's got some pretty remarkable strength. Some of those first clips from the video have Ross going up against what looks like a 300+ pound tackle and he's not backing down. There was one time where the tackle got his hands on Ross and pushed Ross backwards. Ross got down the field and still made a play, but if he can figure out how to play with his hands and make sure that tackles can get that clean push, then he'll be even better.

Also, it's a little bit strange for his recruiting rankings. I think that most services had Ross pegged as a 2014 guy because he would have been a sophomore. Most guys that go the JUCO route are two-year guys because of grades, but I'm guessing that Ross went the JUCO route because he just didn't get a lot of attention coming out of high school. Scout still had him as a 2014 guy and as a 4-star player, while the other services didn't have him rated.

Andre, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2013 Class | The average isn't right as I took off J.J. Loller, but the list is accurate (I think).

Quarterback Eligibility Remaining
Position Player Ht/Wt. School/State Cumulative Ranking
QB Davis Webb 6-4/195 Prosper (Prosper, TX) 74.57
RB Tyler Middleton 6-0/180 Navarro J.C. (Corsicana, TX) 63.22
WR Dylan Cantrell 6-3/202 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) 73.90
IR Carlos Thompson 5-9/173 Manvel (Manvel, TX) 59.86
IR Devin Lauderdale 5-11/170 Bellaire (Bellaire, TX) 81.10
IR Peyton Williams 6-1/185 Carroll (Southlake, TX) 63.90
WR/TE Gary Moore 6-5/215 Clarksville (Clarksville, TX) 75.00
WR D.J. Polite-Bray 6-0/175 King (Lithonia, GA) 69.86
OL Baylen Brown 6-4/295 O'Connor (Helotes, TX) 71.14
OL Cody Hayes 6-5/260 Eastern Hills (Ft. Worth, TX) 67.67
OL Aaron Bennett 6-6/285 Riverside C.C. (Riverside, CA) N/R
OL Joshua Outlaw 6-4/285 King (Lithonia, GA) 71.57
OL Poet Thomas 6-6/295 Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI) 63.43
DE Demetrius Alston 6-4/260 Hutchinson C.C. (Hutchinson, KS) 58.60
LB Malik Jenkins 6-3/225 Ennis (Ennis, TX) 63.86
LB Zach Barnes 6-3/225 Grayson (Loganville, GA) 63.57
LB Kahlee Woods 6-0/232 Sherman (Sherman, TX) 70.52
LB JaCarthy Mack 6-3/205 King (Lithonia, GA) 69.83
LB Andre Ross 6-3/235 Navarro J.C. (Corsicana, TX) N/A
DB Jalen Barnes 6-0/181 Memorial (Port Arthur, TX) 64.00
CB Dorian Crawford 6-2/200 Pierce C.C. (Woodland Hills, CA) 64.00
CB/S Martin Hill 5-11/185 Mt. San Antonio C.C. (Walnut, CA) 62.20
ATH Justis Nelson 6-2/180 Dallas Christian (Mesquite ,TX) 71.78
ATH Caleb Woodward 6-1/190 Leander (Leander ,TX) 66.38
ATH Dee Paul 5-11/160 Munday (Munday ,TX) 66.38
Averages 68.46