February 16, 2012

Ross enjoyed Tech visit

Texas Tech must have put on one heck of a junior day last Saturday.

The Red Raiders have a very interested receiver in Tyler (Texas) John Tyler's Fred Ross who visited Texas Tech this weekend and expects to get an offer in the near future from the Red Raiders.

"Tech's junior day stuck out a little bit more than the others I've been to," Ross said. "We got to watch a little film over their offense and I like that offense. We got to visit the weight room and all the coaches were real nice."

Manvel cornerback Tavares Garner became the Red Raiders first commit of the Class of 2013 earlier this week citing the 'family' feel in Lubbock was too much to pass up. Ross, having been there himself, said he knew of the feeling Garner was getting.

"The coaches were so nice to me," Ross said. "I started to get that feel. That's something I'd be interested in being a part of, for sure."

Like Garner, Ross said he appreciated that the high school juniors in attendance were able to interact with the Red Raider football team off the cuff rather than the Tech football team acting like robots and only promoting the school.

The Tech players hosted a question and answer sessions that the Red Raider coaching staff intentionally missed so the players could open up and give the high school juniors the honest truth about playing college football in Lubbock.

Ross said he appreciated what the players did and he had not seen anything like that before.

At John Tyler, Ross plays running back in addition to receiver but his skillset translates better as a receiver in the college game. He's probably taller than his 6-foot-1 listing and he's an athletic 185 pounds.

Ross is speedy wideout. He has a lot of breakaway speed capability which is why he's used as a running back at certain times during John Tyler's games.

John Tyler advanced all the way to the Texas 4A Division I Semifinals, the fifth of six rounds, after a 7-3 regular season.

"One thing I can say is I'm pretty fast," Ross said. "I'm good with the deep ball and I'm pretty big. Pretty good with the deep ball fade (route). I have a 34-inch vertical so I can go get that jump ball."

Attention is picking up for Ross. He visited Baylor before coming up to the South Plains and he will visit Oklahoma State's junior day this weekend.

Baylor offered Ross on Tuesday.

"It was nice at Baylor," Ross said. "I got to visit with their coaches and look at the facilities and everything."

Ross also holds scholarship offers from West Virginia, Rice, Missouri, Mississippi State and Memphis.

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