WILMINGTON – Jarrett Ross couldn’t wait to sign his National Letter of Intent today at the Charter School of Wilmington.
The star defensive back, who received recruiting interest from several major colleges, eagerly signed with the University of Maryland.
“It’s a big relief. It’s a big weight off my back,” Ross said. “Everything is official now. … I can’t wait to get started.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Ross has 4.38 speed in the 40-yard dash, a fact that made him coveted by Notre Dame, South Carolina, Boston College and West Virginia, among others. But he cited a better chance to play early in his college career as one of the primary reasons for choosing Maryland.
The Newark resident will join his older brother with the Terps. Brandon Ross also excelled at Charter and will be a sophomore running back at Maryland next season, but Jarrett Ross said family ties didn’t play the biggest role in his decision.
“It was a little bit of a factor, but it wasn’t the most,” said Ross, who plans to study business management or criminal justice. “[Brandon] kept it honest with me. He told me they’re doing great things. He told me the coaches really drive you to not only be a good football player, but a good person.”
Two other Charter athletes also signed today. Amanda Rickert will run cross country and track at Boston College, and Dan White will play soccer at Temple.
“It’s a big relief for me and my family,” said Rickert, who also considered Richmond and North Carolina. “… I really liked the team and the coach and just the way the program is. I really saw myself fitting in there.”
White also considered Loyola (Md.), Messiah and St. Joseph’s before settling on Temple.
“They have a great program. I really love the coaches,” White said. “When I went and visited the team, they really united together. They’re going to be in the Big East next year, which is one of the best soccer conferences, so we’ll have a really good schedule.”
Charter baseball player Alec Hoeschel is scheduled to sign with Yale next week. The third baseman-first baseman chose the Ivy League school over Delaware, Harvard and Cornell.
“I was just very impressed with the overall campus setting, and all the academic and athletic opportunities,” said Hoeschel, who plans to study economics.