“I feel very fortunate to be able to continue playing football and baseball at a school with a great winning tradition,” Ross said.
Ross’ high school counselor, Jakelynn Crawford, said, “I’m very proud of John Morgan and excited for him. Playing college football in Iowa will be a big adventure!”
Ross’ mother, Susan Ross, said she appreciates Crawford’s help in securing a scholarship for her son. “We wanted Jakelynn [Crawford] in the picture with us because she’s played a major role in Morgan’s life. She always had the paperwork done before we could turn around!”
Ross is a 6’4”, 190-pound standout who earned two letters while playing multiple positions for the TRHS football team. He earned all-district honors his senior year as a quarterback, punter and cornerback for a team that finished with a 9-3 record and was the bi-district champion.
As a junior, Ross earned all-district accolades as a punter and wide receiver. He was named offensive player of the week three times and special team player of the week three times last year. An outstanding student who was named academic all-district, Ross plans to major in criminal justice at Northwestern.
“We are very excited about John’s versatility and his ability to play a variety of positions,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He will be a tight end for us and will bring tremendous athleticism to that position. We are excited to have John join the Red Raider football family.”
Ross’ father, Dan Ross, said, “Morgan gets the rare opportunity to play football for a team that has competed for and won national championships; he will also receive a great education in doing so. Iowa is a little further down the road than Furlow-Johanson Field but we still get to wear red!”
“I would like to thank my Bulldog teammates, coaches, everyone at TRISD, and all the Bulldog fans that supported us,” Ross added.
“We also want to thank Mr. Rohrbach, the high school principal, Coach Palmer, the athletic director and head coach, as well as Mr. Johanson, the superintendent, for helping give Morgan ‘people skills’. They are awesome role models and always gave Morgan positive guidance. He greatly respects them,” Susan Ross said.