#CFCOPC Panther on recruitment prowl

 

#CFCOPC Aidan Ross began his gridiron career at the age of eight with the Orleans Bengals in the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA).

The defensive back collected many awards during his eight seasons with the Bengals, including three consecutive All-Stars, most improved player in 2012 and was a captain from 2013 to 2015. Aidan also played for his high school, the St. Matthew Tigers in the National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association (NCSSAA), last year and was named Defensive MVP. As well, the defensive back has also spent three years in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) playing with the Cumberland Panthers. The Panther also made the AIA White All-Star team.

“The highlight of last season would have to definitely be making the 2016 OPC varsity east roster and starting the game at safety,” said Aidan. “Being able to make the roster as the youngest age group and start the game ensures that I am on the right path to achieving my goal of playing at the next level.”

 

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After this summer’s season, Aidan focused on training and working out with Joey Kwasniewski, as he wants to improve his overall speed.

“The ability to cover sideline at a fast rate is crucial for a defensive player,” explained the Panther. “I also wish to put more weight on and get stronger as I have a large frame to support it without losing any speed.”

Aidan describes his recruitment process thus far as “very interesting” and has been spoken to by a few universities to invite him to camps.

“I am extremely excited to be going into my Grade 12 year to see what universities have to offer both athletically and academically,” commented the defensive back, who knows that football cannot be played forever and sees his degree as more important.

He has mainly been looking at Psychology and Sociology courses as he enjoys working with other people and collaborating. Aidan is interested in how the brain works in different environments and the brain of athletes, such as what makes an athlete train harder when they have nothing left. He plans on visiting as many universities as he can to be able to see the campus, and meet the coaches and players in person.

On the field, his biggest influence is his defensive coordinator from his first year of varsity, Cheeler Lindor. Lindor taught him new defensive schemes and coverages, but most importantly he taught him how to properly break down film, and how to catch tendencies of your opponent and yourself.

“I learned more in that season than I had in all my others years of playing football combined,” added Aidan.

In life, his greatest influence is his dad, Ken Ross, who played as a defensive end at Carleton from 1979 to 1983 before being drafted by the Montreal Concordes in the CFL, where he spent one season.

“He never pushed me to play football, it was something I decided to play on my own,” added Aidan.

 

Aidan Ross
Defensive back and linebacker
6’3, 195 lbs

Teams: Cumberland Panthers (OVFL), Orleans Bengals (NCAFA), St. Matthew Tigers (NCSSAA)
Commitment: None
Official Visits: None
Considerations: Open
Class: 2017

 

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