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OSU football: Mississippi State's Fred Ross should get reacquainted with OSU on Saturday

Longtime Cowboys commitment never lost touch with Mississippi State.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: August 25, 2013

photo - Former OSU commitment Fred Ross, who wound up signing with Mississippi State. PHOTO PROVIDED
Former OSU commitment Fred Ross, who wound up signing with Mississippi State. PHOTO PROVIDED

Family connections played a role in Ross' commitment switch. He has two cousins who work in the Mississippi State athletic department, including assistant women's basketball coach Aqua Franklin.

Ross also never lost touch with Mississippi State throughout the recruiting process, even after pledging to the Cowboys in February of 2012. He took an unofficial visit last summer and then an official visit before making a decision.

“We've just been in constant communication with him the whole way through,” Mullen said. “I think when he took the official visit out here, his family came here, and he felt how much he fit in with the guys here, that he knew this was the place for him.”

Despite the last-minute switch from Ross, OSU still signed two four-star receivers in Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples, who are both expected to play right away. They're the latest additions to a potent receiving corps, which includes veterans such as Josh Stewart, Tracy Moore and Blake Jackson and promising youngsters Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd and Austin Hays.

Still, Ross' late flip provides another storyline to an already-intriguing nonconference matchup.

But will it have any impact on the game itself?

“I don't know if it'll add more to it,” Mullen said. “I think that's going to be just a fun game anyway.”

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