Three-star safety Tyrese Ross committed to Mississippi State on Friday, and his relationship with the Bulldogs’ coaching staff was a big reason.
“Coach (Dan) Mullen and all the coaching staff are great coaches,” Ross told GN. “I have a very good relationship with all the coaches. I went there on junior day and met Coach (Ron) English (safeties coach) and Coach (Terrell) Buckley (cornerbacks coach). I just loved the program and love the way that they coach.”
Ross (6 feet 0, 180 pounds) is from Atlanta Westlake. He previously played for perennial power Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy.
“I feel like (Mississippi State) was the right school for me for academics and athletics,” said Ross, who chose Mississippi State over offers from, among others, Indiana, Kansas, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. “The coaching staff and the depth chart — everything just fit me. That was really the big parts of my decision.”
What type of football player are the Bulldogs getting?
“I feel like I’m a very versatile football player,” Ross said. “I’m aggressive and not afraid of contact. I feel like I can play anywhere on the defensive side of the ball. My game is very different then everybody else.
“I will be playing safety when I get to Starkville. They tell me I can play all of the safety spots, so, I know I’m playing safety, I just don’t know which one.”
Playing in the SEC is something Ross is looking forward to.
“It’s a great feeling, I understand it and it was a big part of my decision,” he said. “The way I play this game is with all my heart and I don’t fear any man, so I could be playing in any conference. I just know that when I step out on that field, I’m going to give it my all.”
Ross is relieved to be done with the recruiting process.
“There’s definitely a weight off my shoulders just because the commitment process can be long and stressful,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to be committed, and now it comes down to just making plays, finishing up my senior year and getting up to Starkville.”
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