The Mississippi State Bulldogs pulled off a major last-minute switch when 2013 Tyler (Texas) John Tyler wide receiver Fred Ross made the decision on Tuesday evening to sign with the Bulldogs.
Ross had been committed to Oklahoma State since last February, but flipped after speaking with his coach. An official visit to Starkville helped convince him to change his mind.
A 6'2, 185-pounder, Ross is a consensus four-star prospect and is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the no. 28 player in the state of Texas and a top-25 wide receiver nationally. Prior to his commitment to Oklahoma State, Ross held offers from Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma State and West Virginia, among others.
Here's the evaluation of Ross after an impressive viewing at the Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 Texas State Championship:
2013 Tyler John Tyler wide receiver Fred Ross -- The Oklahoma State commit feasted on a heavy diet of the unfortunate cornerbacks lined up against him in the Hebron contest that was won in overtime by the Hawks after a furious comeback. He scored numerous touchdowns, including a leaping catch in the front corner of the endzone over a defender with strong coverage. He was at his best working across the middle on mean-beater routes like slants, when he seemed to always beat his man.
Ross is also effective working over the deep middle on post routes, where he seems to have an uncanny knack for setting up opponents and then getting to his spots on the field, even if the opponent knows what is coming and wants to stop it.
Some kids are just natural receivers and after seeing Ross multiple times in the summer 7-on-7 format, he seems to be one of those guys.
Recruitment timeline: Ross took an official visit in January to Missisippi State after having been committed to Oklahoma State since late February of 2012. He ended up switching his pledge right before Signing Day.
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