The one piece missing from this recruiting class was an offensive tackle. The Gryphons have received commitments from some outstanding linemen, on both sides of the ball, but none were in the mold of your proto-typical OT. That changed today with the announcement that 6’5″ 280lb Taylor Ross of Medicine Hat, Alberta has committed to play his college football at Guelph. Alberta reports credit Defensive Coordinator Kevin MacNeill, with having “won the race for recruiting Taylor Ross into University Football.”
Ross helped the Medicine Hat Mohawks to a 7-1 record in 2010. His efforts earned him league allstar honours. Further to that he earned a starting position on the South squad in the recent Alberta Senior Bowl, a provincial allstar game that pits the best high school players in the North against the best in the South. The South pounded out 329 rushing yards in a 34-6 victory.
While Ross might be coming from Alberta it wouldn’t be right to call him an Albertan. Ross is actually Australian. Though he came to Medicine Hat after spending several years in Sweden. For that reason his high school teammates call him ‘Thor’. Thor began playing football less than three years ago, thus is a prospect who still has a great deal of upside potential. But his strength and athleticism aren’t in question. Like many Australians this big athlete is quick in the water. Ross is a certified Fina Silver Medallion holder in Lifesaving. He placed second in the discus throw at a University of Calgary meet and he reached the Provincial track and field finals in the shot put. Ross also played rugby while in Medicine Hat.