JACKSONVILLE – If you didn’t know yet that The Bolles School was a contender year in and year out in Class 4A then you aren’t paying attention. Under longtime head coach Corky Rogers, the Bulldogs are always battling until the very end.
One of those core guys is running back/safety Ahman Ross. The 5’11”, 195-pounder is set to be a four-year starter. Ross is the starting strong safety as he earns reps at running back as well.
As a junior, he totaled 73 tackles (15 for a loss), three fumble recoveries, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, touchdown.
Last season, the Bulldogs went 9-3 and advanced to the 4A region final against eventual state runner-up Raines. Prior to last season, Bolles appeared in back-to-back state title finals. The program is tops in the state with 11 titles all-time including the most recent one coming in 2011.
“At Bolles, it is a winning tradition,” Ross told Prep Sports Scouting. “We’ve got big expectations and playing in those big games gives me confidence. I just make sure the young guys are prepared and learn from my experiences.”
Starting his football career at age 5, Ross played mainly running back up until high school. The coaches moved him to safety when he arrived at Bolles because the position was so packed already.
The transition wasn’t too hard for him because he played both sides of the ball in Pop Warner. Plus, his aggressive style of play helped him fit right in, he says.
Ross gained his confidence during his first start as a freshman against Plantation American Heritage.
“I knew I could play when I was going up against such high talent like that.”
Originally committed to Miami, Ross ended his commitment with the Hurricanes and is now focused on making the right choice.
He has 13 total offers on his table and he says he’s aiming for December to make his decision.
Louisville, West Virginia, Indiana, Florida State Kentucky, Memphis, Troy, Georgia Southern, USF, FAU, Western Michigan and Appalachian State are the other 12 programs that have offered him to play safety.
Ross visited Louisville on July 17. He called it a nice experience.
“They had us under the lights. I got a full tour and it was pretty cool.”
He’s not rushing his decision this time around.
“I’ve already committed once and I want to make my time and make a good decision.”
Ross says his biggest strengths are his covering and tackling ability. He wants to improve on being an all-around player not just on offense and defense, but special teams as well.
His quarterback is Alabama commit Mac Jones. Jones is a highly sought after 2017 prospect who Ross has a close bond with.
“I’ve known Mac since we are 7. We’ve grown up together. He wanted me to come to Bolles and I was like ‘no problem.’ I look at Mac like a brother. I’ve seen him grow and mature. The sky is the limit for him and I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”
He called the competition between Jones and him in practices is something that is definitely fun.
“One day I tell him I’m going to get a pick off of him and the next he says he’s going to score on me. We go at it back and forth. It’s good going against him.”
Ross calls playing for head coach Corky Rogers something great. Rogers is looking for state title No. 11.
“He’s the winningest high school football coach in the state. You may get yelled or he may not like something, but at the end of the day, you have to respect it because the credentials are there. He’s a great man on and off the field. I love him for that.”
His mom serves as his biggest role model.
“She’s a strong woman. I’ve always looked up to her. She’s sacrificed so much for me to be in the position that I’m in.”
Ross’s ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL but he has big plans afterward either way. He is set to study either communications or sports broadcasting in college.
“I’m in love with the sport and I feel like I can talk about it for hours. Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis are two of my favorite analysts.”
Ross does just about everything for the Bulldogs and when he becomes a three-phase player his value will increase further.
Whichever college that lands him will be lucky. Ahman Ross loves to take on contact whether that is in the box or in coverage. He is headed for big things in his senior season and beyond.
Favorite player to watch – Seahawks DB’s Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, Falcons S Keanu Neal, Ravens S Matt Elam and Redskins S Sean Taylor
Playlist before games – Future and Drake
Favorite movie – The Smurfs Movie
Favorite TV shows – NFL Network and ESPN
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I just learned how to swim three months ago. I always went to the pool but no one ever taught me. It’s easy now. I’m glad I know how to actually do it.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “The Missile”
Game film: Ross’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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