Former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken was introduced as the new head coach at Southern Miss on Tuesday.
ESPN 300 wide receiver and Oklahoma State commit Fred Ross Jr. (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) was slightly disappointed, as he was excited about learning in Monken’s offense. Ross, however, was happy for Monken’s move up the coaching ladder.
“I understand his situation taking the job,” Ross said. “Great coach.”
Ross then muttered words that would make Oklahoma State fans everywhere take a deep sigh.
“I’m still solid,” he said, referring to his commitment.
Ross, recruited by receivers coach Doug Meacham, is using the high school playoffs to help prepare for life at Oklahoma State. His latest game gave him an argument for being the best receiver in the Lone Star State -- and there are some solid receivers in Texas. Ross had a career night in a win against Frisco (Texas) Centennial, catches 13 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns.
John Tyler is two wins away from winning a Texas Class 4A Division I state title. Ross said he’s going to do whatever it takes to get his team to raise that championship trophy when the time comes.
“Anything I can do to help my team, whether it’s catching the ball through traffic or blocking, I’ll do it,” Ross said. “We all have got to block. We practice that every day, and we preach ‘No block, no rock.’ If we don’t block, we’re not getting the ball.”
Ross is ranked No. 171 in the ESPN 300. He’s No. 18 among receivers nationally and No. 24 among players in Texas for the 2013 class.