Weight: 225 lbs.
High school: Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's
Jersey number: #15
Last year: Ross was in high school. He had 138 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.
Final TTB Rating: 94
If you can't tell by the commitment post above - and the TTB Rating - I really like Ross as a prospect. He was a steady contributor throughout his high school career, seems to have a good head on his shoulders both on and off the field, and seems to be one of the more college ready prospects. Ross committed last May and never wavered at all, despite being offered by some heavy hitters from around the country.
I might rank Ross higher on the list if not for the depth at weakside linebacker, his future position. Sophomore Desmond Morgan returns as the starter, redshirt freshman Antonio Poole earned praise throughout the spring (EDIT: Poole is likely out for most/all of the season due to a biceps tear), and senior Brandin Hawthorne has some starting experience, too. Despite being college ready, there's a chance that Ross will redshirt because of the depth ahead of him. It's been a few years since Michigan could redshirt elite talent, but the depth appears to be getting back to traditional levels. My guess is that Ross will see the field as a backup or special teamer, because we could quite possibly see Morgan move to MIKE in 2013, and the coaches may want to groom Ross as the starter at WILL. But with fellow freshman Joe Bolden earning praise at MIKE, too, it will be interesting to see how the depth sorts itself. Regardless of who starts, some talented kids will be biding their time on the bench.
Prediction: Backup linebacker and special teams contributor