Tavon Ross led Bleckley County to the best three-year stretch since Cochran High became Bleckley County in 1977.
Ross, who played both quarterback and safety for the Royals, pushed his school to its first nine-win season since 1978 and its first playoff victory since 2006.
The 6-foot, 200-pound senior had 87 tackles and six interceptions – he returned four for touchdowns – to earn All-Middle Georgia and all-state honors.
Prior to the season, Ross had limited college interest, picking up a reported three FBS scholarship offers: Missouri, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. He committed to Missouri on Aug. 28, a few days prior to the start of the college football season. Months later, Ross’ position looked really solid when Missouri won the SEC East and stayed inside the top 10 for much of the season.
But just like Missouri’s profile exploded nationally, Ross’ strong senior season had the same effect.
Georgia offered him a scholarship on Jan. 10, and he made an official visit to Athens on Saturday. Miami extended an offer on Jan. 13. Ross still has his final official visit on Jan. 31 to Missouri.
Ross passed for 734 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 652 yards and 10 touchdowns and was a three-year starter at quarterback.