The University of North Carolina has announced that offensive tackle Billy Ross has officially signed his National Letter of Intent today on National Signing Day. Before he made his final decision, Ross had a number of options to choose from.
On the recruiting trail since 2015, he held offers from Michigan, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Nebraska. ACC schools were all over him as well, with Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest in on Ross.
He visited Chapel Hill a number of time over the course of his recruitment. The school made an offer to him in February of 2016. He committed in July before taking his official visit in January.
At six-foot-10 and 310 pounds, Ross has the size to overpower his opponent. He is no. 401 on the national composite and is the 42nd-best offensive tackle in the class of 2017. The Huntington, West Virginia native is also the top recruit from the state. Ross possesses incredible arm strength and explosiveness to make him an effective lineman, however, his athleticism makes him capable of even more. He has played right tackle but is also capable of being a lead blocker.
The Tar Heels are bringing in some serious reinforcements for an offensive line that proved to be a serious problem all year long. Four-star offensive guard Jonah Melton has already enrolled. The 2017 class includes several other players who will help improve the line next year.