A recurring series where we will profile every player and coach on Maryland’s roster, counting down to kick-off against Miami. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile one of two incoming freshman halfbacks.
Brandon Ross, Freshman, Halfback
Ratings: Two stars by Rivals; three stars, #95 RB by Scout; two stars, #144 RB by ESPN
40-yard dash time: 4.4
High School Stats (Senior Year): 181 carries for 1,172 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, 19 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns
High School Stats (Junior Year): 179 carries for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns
High School: Charter School of Wilmington (Wilmington, Del.)
How’d He Get To College Park?
Brandon Ross played halfback at a small school in Delaware, leading the Force to a program-best 7-3 year last season after a 2-8 record during his junior year. As a freshman, he was the school’s backup running back and then held the starting job for the last three years of his high school career.
The Terps invited Ross to a camp in College Park, and he impressed enough to merit a scholarship offer. He accepted basically on the spot.
Ross was also offered by Army and Delaware State, and was recruited by Boston College and Rutgers, among others. He was a second-team all-state selection following his senior campaign.
More after the jump.
Being selected to the second team all-state team.
The late pickup of Justus Pickett.
Arbitrary Top Five List:
Top recruits from Delaware, recent history:
1. Trip Thurman – Florida
2. Justin Brown – Penn State
3. Devon Still – Penn State
4. Brandon Snow – Penn State
5. Eli Ankou – UCLA
Ross becomes the full-time kick returner and sees action on third down situations.
Ross redshirts and falls behind Pickett on the scout team.
There is certainly a competition at the top for playing time as a Maryland running back this year, but there’s also a competition in the middle. Brandon Ross, Justus Pickett, and Jeremiah Wilson are all fighting for that third running back spot. A likely scenario was thought to be Wilson getting the slot so Ross and Pickett could redshirt, but apparently the two incoming freshmen have impressed.
Another scenario in which Ross could see significant playing time this year is as the kick returner. With the loss of Torrey Smith, it’s a position the Terps need filled, and apparently the young running back is in contention, along with Tony Logan and a host of others.
Brandon Ross played extremely well at a low-level in high school. He’s got great speed and is an explosive runner. We’ll see how soon he’s put to the test in the ACC.
Our next player is the other incoming freshman half back.
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