Juco DE Ross commits to Texas Tech

Two months ago junior college defensive end Andre Ross (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JC) didn’t have any options. But when it was discovered he had done enough to qualify to play in 2013, he was bombarded with offers.

The defensive system of Texas Tech won out, as Ross confirmed Thursday he has committed to the Red Raiders. Ross chose Tech over finalists TCU and Oklahoma.

It was a whirlwind recruitment for Ross, who visited OU two weekends ago. He said following that visit the Sooners were his No. 1 choice. Ross then went to TCU and capped off his week with a trip to Lubbock last weekend to see Tech.

OU and TCU both saw Ross, who is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, as a defensive end. Ross said Tech saw him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

TCU recruited Ross out of Calvert (Texas) High and suggested he attend Navarro Junior College. The Horned Frogs were the favorite last month, but Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is helping turn things around for Tech. The addition of Ross is another example of Kingsbury building something special in his first year as head coach.

Ross is the fifth linebacker for Tech’s 2013 class and 24th overall member. He has at least two years of eligibility remaining and is appealing for a third.