As national signing day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Alex Ross
Position: Running back
Height, Weight: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Hometown/School: Jenks, Okla./Jenks
Committed: Feb. 9, 2011
Scout grade: 81. Four-star prospect.
Scout rankings: No. 70 in the ESPNU150, No. 7 running back, No. 13 in the Midlands Region, No. 2 in Oklahoma
Accolades: Under Armour All-American
Picked OU over: interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and others.
State of the position: The Sooners learned you can never have too many running backs after going from seven talented backs to two healthy ball-carriers for the Insight Bowl. Dominique Whaley and Roy Finch, the Sooners top two leading rushers, return as does versatile junior Brennan Clay.
Pros: “One of the more explosive and college ready backs in this class, Ross wears No. 28 and immediately reminds you of young Adrian Peterson on film with his running style. Has a large, well-built frame and should continue add bulk and fill out to the 225-pound range in college. Flashes great acceleration through the first and second level.” - ESPN analyst
Cons: “Rarely caught from behind and runs with very good open field vision but he lacks ideal long-speed and we did not see a second gear to pull away from faster college defensive backs.” - ESPN analyst
Similar to/potential role: Dominique Whaley. Ross has the skills to become a every-down back. With excellent size and speed, Ross could develop into a home run threat who can also punish defenses with his size.
Expected impact: 2012. Ross could be the most college ready prospect in the Sooners class and has the talent to provide immediate depth. Durability will be the biggest question with Ross so OU may prefer to redshirt him and try to put some extra muscle on the 205-pounder to help him handle the pounding of playing in the Big 12.