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Appalachian State Lands Key 2018 Commit Trey Ross

Tight End Trey Ross commits to the Mountaineers.

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers landed their first key commitment of the 2018 recruiting class with three star tight end Trey Ross’ verbal pledge via twitter on Sunday.

Ross became the third tight end of the 2018 class to commit to a Sun Belt school and makes his decision just two days after unranked tight end Luke Burnette announced his commitment to the Mountaineers.

Ross, from Randleman, North Carolina, chose Appalachian State over regional offers from East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Charlotte. His offer sheet, currently nine teams long, also includes Colorado State and Air Force.

Ross finished with 21 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns in his junior year while making his living in the middle of the field. The 6-3 227 lb prospect has tremendous quickness for his size and creates match-up nightmares with opposing linebackers. His soft hands and athleticism allow him to split out wide and make plays over smaller cornerbacks.

The Mountaineer coaching staff has to be happy about winning Ross over regional recruiting rivals but the soon-to-be senior has received growing interest from in-state Power Five schools such as Wake Forest and Duke. With his senior season still to be played, it remains to be seen if Ross will utilize the early signing period in December.