In the end, Tavon Ross made his commitment official in the most fitting way possible for his personality.
The Bleckley County safety faxed his national letter-of-intent to Missouri just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, avoiding much of the fanfare some of his colleagues tend to favor. He picked the Tigers over Georgia and Miami.
Bleckley County head Tracy White said Ross felt a “deep obligation” to honor his commitment to Missouri. Despite the interest from other programs, Ross never de-committed from Missouri, White stressed, and said Tuesday night he didn’t expect any surprises Wednesday morning.
The school hosted a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, but the drama was gone when the fax left Cochran for Columbia, Mo. in the morning. And that was likely just fine with Ross, who didn’t enjoy the bright spotlight that comes with recruiting.
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The quiet senior committed to Missouri – his only offer from a BCS conference school – back in August before receiving considerable interest from SEC and ACC programs.
Only after a historic senior season that resulted in all-state and All-Middle Georgia honors did Ross start to hear from other major programs.
Then came a deluge.
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Miami all offered over the span of a week in mid-January, giving Ross only two open dates for official visits because he planned to visit Missouri last. He picked Georgia and Miami – the Hurricanes offered him as a running back – and skipped on Alabama. Auburn sent him a letter-of-intent prior to Wednesday in the hopes he may pick the Tigers without visiting. Auburn also tried to get him to postpone his commitment in hopes of him visiting after signing day.
Ross finished his senior season with six interceptions and scored four touchdowns on defense. He started at quarterback for three seasons, but only played safety as a senior, which probably accounted for his low profile on the recruiting trail prior to January.