February 6, 2013
Barton joined the NSU squad at semester and will be a redshirt freshman next fall. An Aberdeen native and 2012 graduate of Roncalli High School, Barton helped lead the Cavaliers to the state semifinals in 2009 and 2010, earning All-NEC honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was also an Honorable Mention All-State selection as a senior and was named to the Aberdeen American News All-Area team that season, as well. The Cavaliers went a combined 31-9 throughout his high school career under head coach Terry Dosch. Off the gridiron, Barton was an All-NEC and All-State performer on the basketball court and placed at the state tennis tournament. Barton earned the Jon DeWalt Award at RHS, given to the best male athlete. He is also active in community service projects.
Coach Dosch on Barton: "Ross brings athleticism and toughness to the tight end position. His frame will allow him to add the size and strength needed at the college level. He is a good mid-year addition to our program."