One of the most anticipated Letters of Intent for this signing class is in, as Tyler, Texas native Fred Ross has signed with Mississippi State.
Ross, the 4-star wide receiver and friend of recent Bulldog Jeremey Chappelle, becomes one of the final Bulldog recruits for the class of 2013 to sign, the school announced today through a statement on coach Dan Mullen's twitter account.
Fred Ross is officially a Bulldog. #HailStateNSD— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 6, 2013
As we told you last night, Ross was a huge late addition to this signing class. We only found out two weeks ago that Ross took a highly secretive visit to Starkville, and after that, we were kept in silence, as both Oklahoma State -- where Ross was originally committed since February of last year -- and Mississippi State fans sweated it out. There never really was any indication of Ross' potential decision until early Tuesday, when many in the Bulldog recruiting community started to feel like Ross was leaning towards coming to Starkville. He did ultimately decide to cast his lot with Dan Mullen and staff, and becomes a big addition to today's signing class.
John Tyler HS - Tyler, Texas
Height - 6'2"
Weight - 185 lbs
40 - not listed
Recruiting Service Rankings
247Sports - 4-star (#50 TX, #45 WR), 90 Grade
Scout - 4-star (#23 WR)
Rivals - 4-star (#26 MS, #23 WR), 5.8 Grade
MSU, Baylor, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Rice, Texas Tech, West Virginia
John Luke's thoughts
Ross was the first commitment in the class of 2013 for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Dan Mullen and staff, with perhaps the biggest get of the 2013 haul for MSU, was able to pry him away in the final hours leading up to National Signing Day. Ross is an explosive, complete receiver that should prove to be a big asset to the wide receiver corps next Fall.
Named first team Parade All-American after a standout career at John Tyler ... Finished his senior campaign for the Lions with 86 catches for 1,594 yards and 21 touchdowns ... Helped Coach Ricklan Holmes and the Lions advance to the Texas 4A state semifinals ... Caught 10 passes for 132 yards and a score in the 57-53 loss to Guyer as Tyler finished with a 13-2 record ... As a junior, hauled in 99 passes for 1,335 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Caught 23 passes for 313 yards and five scores as a sophomore ... Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN ... Named to the ESPN 300 and rated the No. 22 prospect in the talent-rich Texas prep ranks ... Chose Mississippi State over Oklahoma State, Baylor, Missouri, Texas Tech and others.