LB commit Ross should fit well
Mattison envisions nation's No. 7 prospect at position filling spot on weak side
Updated: September 19, 2011, 12:01 PM ETBy Tom VanHaaren | WolverineNation
Editor's note: WolverineNation recruiting editor Tom VanHaaren will rank the Wolverines' commitments from 10-1 according to the importance of each to the 2012 roster. Prospect No. 5 is inside linebacker James Ross. ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's linebacker play has been noticeably poor the past few seasons. Whether it was personnel or coaching is uncertain, perhaps a little of both. Either way, the linebacker position was a major focus for the new Michigan coaches in recruiting.
James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich./Saint Mary's Prep) is a big-time in-state prospect and the kind of kid that Brady Hoke will try to hang his hat on from here on out. Ranked nationally as the No. 7 linebacker, Ross has offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and USC, among others.
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN scouts say LB commit James Ross is a dominant run stopper with excellent pursuit habits.
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PROSPECT A DAY
The Wolverines have 23 commits in the 2012 class. WolverineNation is ranking each of them by importance to next year's overall roster.
No. 1• OL Kyle Kalis
No. 2• LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
No. 3• S Jarrod Wilson
No. 4• OT Erik Magnuson
No. 5• LB James Ross
No. 6• DT Ondre Pipkins
No. 7• DE Tom Strobel
No. 8• CB Terry Richardson
No. 9• TE Devin Funchess
No. 10• OL Caleb Stacey
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