James Ross added to the string of linebacker recruits pledged to Michigan
Check “find linebackers” off Brady Hoke’s to-do list.
James Ross, rated the No. 2 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, became the fourth linebacker in the Michigan football team’s eight-member 2012 recruiting class this weekend.
Ross, a senior-to-be at Orchard Lake St. Mary, made an official announcement during an in-studio interview with Sam Webb on his "Michigan Insider" show on WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor.
He becomes the highest-rated member of an incoming linebacker corps that already includes Detroit Cass Tech’s Royce Jenkins-Stone, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont’s Kaleb Ringer and Cincinnati Colerain’s Joe Bolden.
There are currently nine linebackers on the Michigan roster with more than one year of eligibility remaining, which does not include the four incoming linebacker recruits - Frank Clark, Kellen Jones, Desmond Morgan and Antonio Poole.
During his interview with Webb (find audio here), Ross insinuated that Michigan coaches may have reached their set target for linebacker commitments but opened up a scholarship to land him.
“I originally thought they were taking four linebackers, so when that third one came I thought I might have to speed up my process not knowing that that was the last one they were really supposed to take,” he said.
Bolden became linebacker No. 3 last Friday.
Ross, listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, is a four-star recruit according to Scout.com. He reportedly had scholarship offers from most Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, USC and others.