Season recap: Isaiah Ross
When Tom Green took the head coaching job at Eleanor Roosevelt last winter after seven seasons at Surrattsville, he had some initial, minor concerns about his new team buying into his system.
But according to Green, Maryland commitment Isaiah Ross helped erase those concerns immediately.
“He was absolutely [a leader],” Green said. “He wasn’t the most verbal guy; he’s more show by example. But being here and working hard, showing a lot of respect to the coaches he really didn’t know -- that helped the other kids follow. He just works hard and leads by example.”
Ross recorded 70 tackles, 12.5 sacks and two interceptions during the regular season, while also catching two passes for 15 yards on offense. Green said Ross made a habit of terrorizing opposing offensive lines throughout the Raiders’ 10-1 season.
“The thing is, you had to double-team him to stop him from making big plays,” Green said. “If you double-team him, our ‘backers were free, so he dominated offensive linemen this year. We had a few close games and on fourth-and-short he made big plays in the backfield on a few occasions. When it’s third-and-1 or fourth-and-1, he made plays behind the line of scrimmage.”
Green said he thinks Ross was the best defensive lineman in Prince George’s County this season. At Maryland, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Ross will probably play the Leo position -- a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. Green thinks Ross’ skill-set could result in early playing time in College Park.
“He has a strong lower body, good leverage and great balance,” Green said. “Those are the things he brings. And he’s a smart football player. He makes very good adjustments on the field. Sometimes teams run a different formation and he can kind of adjust on the fly.
“[The Maryland coaches] see his size and ability right now and his feet are so quick, he could possibly come in and contribute right away. ... We’ve talked to [the Terps coaches] several times throughout the season. We’ve both gone up to games. They’re really looking forward to having him and I think it’ll be a great fit.”