Ross, Waller chosen for postseason games
By Nick Nunn
Two members of Morgan County High School’s football team, Tevin Waller and Bailey Ross, were individually chosen to play in all-star games during the recent school break.
Waller was selected to play defensive tackle in the Junior Bowl on Dec. 31 by risingseniors.com, a program that aids juniors in the process of applying for college and increasing their chances of getting offers from top schools.
A large part of the risingseniors.com program involved classes on financial literacy and the college recruiting process.
“I thought it was mainly going to be about football, but I took out a lot from it,” said Waller. “It seemed to me like how college is going to be.”
Although he only got to play about 20 snaps in total, Waller was able to get credit for one tackle, one assist, and three quarterback pressures.
“There weren’t a lot of big plays because the talent level was so high,” continued Waller.
”They were so much bigger, and I learned what I need to work on for next year.”
Ross was a late pick for the North-South Classic, which took place on Dec. 29.
Early in practice, he was assigned to play fullback, even though he had played center during most of his career for Morgan County.
“Fullback was what I have played my whole life before high school, so going back to it wasn’t as hard as it might seem,” said Ross. “If I decide to play in college, more than likely, fullback is what I’ll play.”
Although Ross is currently weighing offers from Berry College, University of Chicago, Sewanee, and Wabash College, he has his sights set on making it into Notre Dame and trying to play football as a walk-on.
Most of the other players at the North-South Classic had already committed to competitive schools, but Ross believes that he was able to compete on their level.
“At the table that I ate at, I was the only guy who wasn’t already committed to play at a Division I school,” said Ross. “I think I competed just fine. It was an honor to play and to be selected.”
Printed in the January 10, 2013 edition