"I'm really thinking a lot about Mississippi right now," Joel Ross said. "Their defensive line is…
Ross Gives Recruiting Update
Joel Ross Profile "I'm still with Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Arkansas," explained Ross. "Those are really the only ones I'm hearing from along with LSU." Ross attended LSU's last camp session in July hoping to earn an offer from the in-state program and even though he didn't leave with one he feels that he did enough to keep them interested heading into his senior season. "I went to their camp right before the summer ended because coach (Les) Miles and the defensive line coach (Earl Lane) wanted to take a look at me," said Ross. "I went up there for a morning session and they said I did great. They said they have me as their No. 1 defensive tackle in the state so I'm pretty sure they are still interested but I don't hear a whole lot from them other than a few letters." The big 6-foot, 310-pounder has not set up any official visits yet but he has three destinations in mind to go with some unofficial trips. "I'm going to go out to Oklahoma and see what they are all about and probably Ole Miss because those are the two recruiting me the hardest," said Ross. "Oklahoma State is another one I'll probably go check out too. I'll try to make it up to LSU some this season to check out some games and talk to the coaches." With recruiting, kids often look for different things when choosing a school but two variables that are common are playing time and the distance factor. "I don't want to say distance is a big thing but it's something I'll look at," explained Ross. "It depends on if I can go in and play early. I've never sat on the bench a day of my life so I don't know if I can take having to go in and sit on the bench for the whole year and not see the field." It seems like playing time could be a bigger factor then distance so which school(s) does Ross feel best about when looking at the depth chart? "I don't know about Oklahoma and Oklahoma State but Ole Miss has I think four senior defensive linemen graduating and they only signed maybe three defensive linemen in their last class so they look like the best situation for me right now but you never know," said Ross. The four schools that have offered the lineman from the bayou seem the most interested right now according to Ross so is it safe to say that they make up his top four? "You could say that but you never know what will change in the future," he said. Ross is hoping to have more options after coaches evaluate him during his senior season and he plans to show them what he brings to the table and why he is worthy of being a big-time prospect for the next level. "Quickness, speed off the ball and being a hard-nosed player is what they are going to see," he said.
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