Texas had been on a recruiting hot streak as of late - particularly since Alabama won the National Championship.
New head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff hit the ground running, landing commits from multiple top-end prospects. Five-star quarterback Maalik Murphy, four-star running back Jaydon Blue, and four-star wide receiver Armani Winfield among others headline a brilliant start to the 2022 class.
Texas’s last big commitment however came from four-star safety Bryan Allen Jr.
Outside of Evan Stewart’s de-commitment, March has been a bit of a dry-spell for Sarkisian on the recruiting trail. However, that dry-spell has quickly come to an end with the commitment of 2022 athlete number seven, Kristopher Ross.
Ross is a defensive tackle from North Shore. The 6’3 280-pound enforcer is a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. At a 0.8839 rating, Ross ranks as the 35th defensive tackle in his class and the 58th ranked player overall in the state of Texas for his class. In 2020, Ross was a first-team All-District selection as a junior en route to a 14-1 record for North Shore.
Via his Twitter account Ross posted his top-four schools on February 13. Among the four teams listed were Baylor, Oklahoma, LSU, and Texas. Shortly after, Ross made another announcement writing “With March 23rd being the anniversary of my father’s passing… that is the day I’ll announce the school of my choice.”
Today Ross makes it official, He’s Texas bound.
Name: Kristopher Ross
Position: Defensive Tackle
High School: North Shore
City, State: Houston, TX
Three Best Traits
Anticipation - Ross very quickly can dissect if the play is a run or a pass. He has great anticipation and awareness when it comes to sniffing out who the ball carrier is. If it’s a run outside you will see him change positions quickly. If the quarterback keeps the ball and looks to pass, Ross kicks it into a higher gear as he works his way up the middle. This anticipation is something that takes players a while to learn, Ross seems as if he just inherently possesses it.
Great size for the position - Among the top-50 defensive tackles in the class of 2022, Ross ranks near the upper-middle in terms of height and weight. At 6’3 and 280-pounds he has the ideal size for this grueling position. Among the best interior offensive linemen in the Big-12, Ross should be able to hold his own.
Speed and quickness - Ross is electric for a defensive tackle. He attacks interior offensive linemen with speed so few have seen at that position. He has a deadly combination of size and speed. At the position he plays, that’s a nightmare for the opposition.
Areas for Improvement
Run Game - Ross can dissect both the run and pass game. However, he’s better at bum-rushing the quarterback up the middle. If he gets met by an equally sized linemen, it can be tricky for him to maneuver his way around to get to the running back. One thing he can work on during his senior season is to be as dominant in the run game as he is in the passing game.
Technique - For now, Ross uses pure strength and speed to disrupt every play. Sooner or later he will come across a pure technician at the guard spot who will be able to out-muscle him. If Ross can become a master with his hands and arms and use swim moves and others to get around his blockers, he could be a nightmare.
Ross is a great pickup for Texas. He’s a guy who fits immediately from day one in the Longhorns base 4-3 scheme as he plays a similar scheme at North Shore already. Ross is a big, fast, defensive tackle who has the ability to completely disrupt any play. He plays every snap with a sense of urgency so rarely seen from most high school athletes. Texas is getting a good one in Ross.
Ross becomes the seventh commit to the 2022 class for Texas. Prior to Ross’s commitment, Texas had the eighth-ranked class in the nation and the second in the Big-12 behind Oklahoma. Ross becomes the fourth defensive commit for the Longhorns joining fellow three-star commits Trevell Johnson at linebacker, and four-star secondary pieces Bryan Allen Jr. and Jaylon Guilbeau.