Josh Ross to Michigan: Wolverines Land 4-Star LB Prospect

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

Josh Ross, one of the nation's top-ranked linebacker prospects, officially committed to Michigan on Tuesday after entertaining offers from a slew of prestigious programs. 

To say snagging Ross was a win for the Wolverines would be a major understatement. Ross graded out as the 188th-ranked player overall in the 2017 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings, as well as the seventh-ranked inside linebacker in his class. 

The icing on the cake: Ross was the third-ranked player in the state of Michigan—so it's no surprise that the Wolverines were hot on his tail early in the recruiting process. 

At 6'2" and 225 pounds, Ross developed into a star at St. Mary's Preparatory School in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

According to Scout's official evaluation, "[Ross] takes on blocks with aggressiveness and leverage and likes contact." Scout added that he "anticipates well and shoots gaps" and is "a sure tackler who wraps up and drives through the ball-carrier."

A sturdy presence at the second level, Ross is the sort of physically imposing player who can anchor a defense once he gets acclimated to a new scheme. And based on the way he progressed in high school, Ross has a blueprint for success he should be able to utilize upon his arrival in college. 


Star rankings and recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports unless noted otherwise.