Posted by Bryan Fischer
Michigan's class of 2012 might be complete at one defensive position after the commitment of Orchard Lake (Mich.) linebacker James Ross this week. He selected the Wolverines over offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame and USC among others.
"At first, I wasn't really feeling Michigan like now and it just happened recently," Ross told Scout. "I got caught up in the recruiting and everything and I just sat down and thought about life and this is the best decision that deals with after football and the life you are going to be living for the rest of the time you?re here. This is the best decision for me."
The 6-foot-1, 215 pound Ross joins Kaleb Ringer, Royce Jenkins-Stone and Joe Bolden in the Wolverines' linebacker class and at least two are expected to help contribute right away when they step on campus in 2012. In a roundabout way, the other players forced Ross to eventually pull the trigger on a commitment a tad earlier than he wanted too.
"At first, I originally thought they were taking four linebackers, so when that third one came, I thought I might have to speed up my process not knowing that was the last one they were really supposed to take," Ross told the site. "I sat down. I was talking with my dad and we were just talking.
"I decided to go to Michigan because it had everything that I needed and it was in-state. There was no reason for me to reach out to somewhere else and struggle with people that are from in-state (in another state) when I can just come here play and have a nice time in my home state."
New Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was a key factor in Ross' recruitment and has left an impression in Ann Arbor in a short amount of time given the commitments he's been able to pull.
Ross was named to MaxPreps' First Team Defense as a sophomore and followed it up with an outstanding junior year last season.