Apopka Wekiva defensive back Terrence Ross was quite happy Wednesday after talking with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, who extended Ross his first college offer.
“It’s great, it really is. I’m really happy,” said Ross, who is ranked No. 30 in the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60. “We didn’t really talk that long but he said they’ll be coming down in the spring to see me.”
That’s all Ross, who will be playing for the th Top Recruits Now 7on7 team this weekend at the IMG Madden Southeast Regional tournament in Bradenton, needed to hear. Now he can concentrate on the task at hand with an official offer finally out of the way.
“I’ve been waiting patiently and been working hard for it. I’m just trying to do my best to get far,” Ross said. “I’ve been waiting and its finally starting to open up.”
Ross has been a big playmaker on defense for the Mustangs. Last season in two different games, he came up with two interceptions, including a 45-yard pick for a touchdown against Ocoee, and then in an upset of Orlando East River, Ross had two fumble returns for touchdowns.
It’s the first major NCAA Division I-A offer for Wekiva, now in its fifth year since opening in Apopka.
“We’ve always had the talent here,” said head coach Ty Parker. “We’re just trying to get the kids to understand the requirements of the grades for Division I-A and I-AA. Most of them will wait around until their senior year to post a test score and by then, the teams who wanted them are already done.”
“Been working with these young men to instill in them the importance of getting the core GPA and test scores up to where they need to be.”
Besides Ross, Parker has two other defensive backs in corners Sam Jallah (5-9, 180) and Reggie Brown (5-10, 165) who will be getting some Division I-A looks, as well. Jallah, ranked No. 32 in the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60, is on the verge of getting an offer. He will be attending UCF junior day on Saturday.
“We do have a very quality group right there, and also another kid who has played back there is Harold Dillard … so our secondary should be pretty solid,” Parker said. “We will also need them to help out offensively. They’re all gonna have to do double duty.”
Ross said Jallah wasn’t jealous of his offer.
“Sam was happy for me and told me keep doing what I’m doing and congrats,” Ross said. “Coach Strong talked to Sam too. They said they didn’t look at his film yet, so they might offer him too.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun