Fred Ross paraded his way through defenses for more than 2,000 total yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year at John Tyler.
For his efforts, Ross earned a spot on the annual PARADE All-America Team.
The team will appear in the magazine as part of the Feb. 3, 2013 issue of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Four Texans dot the team, including Dallas Jesuit receiver Jake Oliver, Lake Highlands offensive lineman Kent Perkins and Plano Prestonwood Christian linebacker Mike Mitchell. Oliver and Perkins are both committed to Texas while Mitchell is an Ohio State pledge.
Ross, a 6-2, 200-pounder, committed to Oklahoma State as a junior and continues to generate interest from a number of colleges leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Ross became the first Tyler resident since former teammate Chris Hackett, now a safety at TCU, made the team in 2011. Whitehouse receiver Trey Metoyer, now at Oklahoma, also garnered a spot on the 2011 squad.
Ross ripped through defenses for a total of 2,160 all-purpose yards while helping JT reach the Class 4A Division I state semifinals. Ross caught 85 passes for 1,580 yards (18.9 yards per catch) and 22 touchdowns. He added 166 yards and three TDs rushing, and gained 414 yards in the return game.
For his career, Ross totaled 208 receptions for 3,210 yards and 39 TDs. The all-state performer has been selected to play for the U.S. Under-19 National Team in next week’s International Bowl on Tuesday at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin. The U.S. team will play a World Team of players outside the country.
“He has the size, speed and he understands the concept he plays within the offense,” JT head coach Ricklan Holmes said of Ross. “He finds the holes on the field and makes sure he gets the ball where he needs. That’s what he does week in and week out.”
The PARADE All-America team dates back to 1963. More than a dozen receptions have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy, most recently Johnny Manziel, who made the 2011 team along with Hackett and Metoyer.
Earl Campbell, a JT graduate, also made the team before going on to win the Heisman at Texas.
Notable East Texans to make the team in recent years include John Tyler’s David Warren, Robert E. Lee’s Justin Warren and Palestine’s Adrian Peterson, who led the NFL in rushing.
According to PARADE contributor Brian McLaughlin, the selection of the team takes into account all-state teams, statistics and performances against stellar competition, as well as college-level potential and the interest received from prominent programs.