Cooper Ross is a BYU football commit for the Class of 2022, making a verbal commitment on June 15, 2021. 

Ross is a 6-foot-5 245 pound tight end/defensive end that preps at Heritage Academy (Mesa, Arizona).  As a junior he recorded 34 receptions for 637 yards and 15 touchdowns in just six games.  He was named to the All-State first team in his sophomore and junior seasons and was also named to the All-State team as a defensive end as a junior.  His team has won back-to-back Canyon Athletic Association Division 2 state football titles.  In addition to football, Ross averages 11.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game for the basketball team (MaxPreps).  He can squat 400 pounds and has a 28-inch vertical (HUDL).

Ross is rated 3-stars by 247Sports, who rate him as the no. 28 overall recruit from Arizona for the class of 2022. His recruiting was limited as Heritage Academy is a very small school that plays eight-man football.  But that didn’t prevent him from landing another scholarship offer from Northern Arizona.   Ross plans to serve an LDS mission and join the Cougs for the 2024 season.

I caught up with Ross to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?

Ross:  It’s always been my dream to come play at BYU.  BYU fits me well because it will fit all my physical, educational, and spiritual wants. 

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?

Ross:  NAU, Nevada, Rice, Sacramento State, UNC, and Montana State

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?

Ross:  The movie Inception, the book Red Storm Rising, and my favorite breakfast cereal is Cracklin Oat Bran (just not too much at one time). 

BYU Insider: What is one of your greatest accomplishment in sports?

Ross:  Not letting type 1 diabetes stop me from doing what I love.

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Ross:  To not worry about things you can’t control.

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?

Ross:  Mark Andrews.  He also has Type 1 Diabetes and it hasn’t stopped him.

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