Know Your Recruit: Texas DT Ross Donelly picks Rebels

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

Ole Miss garnered a second commitment from a recent official visitor with the addition of defensive tackle Ross Donelly Monday evening.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Donelly made his announcement via Twitter. Donelly, who played at Cy-Fair High School in Houston, Texas, gives the Rebels a need inside at the tackle spot.

The one-time commitment to Rice, Donelly also had offers from SMU, Vanderbilt and Stanford. Donelly just visited Oxford officially this past weekend. It was the third time he’s come to Ole Miss since June when he first came to camp with a friend.

His second trip was for the Ole Miss-Alabama game, an atmosphere he had trouble describing how good it was.

“I liked how the whole town centered around the university and football,” Donelly said about what he liked most about his visit. “I also liked that Ole Miss has a top-notch business program, one of the best in the nation. I value education, so it not only provides an education, but one of the best football programs in the nation. They have the No. 1 scoring defense, so I figured I could have the best of both worlds.”

Donelly said all the schools he was being recruited by were all really close, but he felt the most at home at Ole Miss.

“That’s why I chose Ole Miss,” said Donelly, who was hosted by defensive end Fadol Brown. “It was great to have him be my host because he minors in business, so he gave me some insight on the academics. He’s also a starter and a really good football player, so he gave me some insight on that, too. It was great.”

Outside of talking majoring in business with Brown on his visit, Donelly found time to join the recruits at eating establishments such as Rib Cage and Soulshine Pizza, two places he really enjoyed.

At Cy-Fair, Donelly played in a 4-2-5 scheme just like Ole Miss runs.

“The way our defensive linemen are they were very versatile, so we change up our shades depending on what the formation the offense is running,” Donelly said. “I could honestly say that I play a little bit of both. I can play a little nose guard and three technique. I’m a very versatile player.”

Donelly added that the Ole Miss coaches weren’t exactly set on where he would play, and that it depended on how things progressed when he got to camp later this year.

Good feeling

There were only four official visitors on campus this past weekend, but Donelly said he got a good feel about how Ole Miss would finish come National Signing Day on Wednesday.

“They have a top-notch defense and the players were telling me that … I heard my host say that the reality of it was they were six plays away from playing in the national championship,” Donelly said. “That’s what Fadol Brown told me. The defense is awesome. I think things are going to get going here at Ole Miss the next couple of seasons.”

Donelly is rated as the No. 98 overall player in the state of Texas by Rivals.com.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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