Caden Ross finally got a good break.
The Ada High School senior played just one defensive snap before tearing a ligament in his knee while making a tough tackle in the Cougars’ season opener football game last fall.
Ross gutted it and tried to play a few snaps in a few games before eventually being forced to quit and undergoing season-ending surgery.
The knee injury also prevented him from having what looked like a promising basketball season.
Ada’s football coach Brad O’Steen and Ada’s boys basketball coach Kyle Caufield told The Ada News they expect record seasons in both sports, fierce competition before the injury.
There’s a bit of silver lining to go with her dark cloud. On March 2, Ross signed a letter of intent to play college football at East Central University. It is expected that he will be full and ready to train with the Tigers this summer in preparation for pre-season training next August.
“I’m excited for Caden Ross, especially after getting injured on the first defensive play of his senior year,” O’Steen said. “I really appreciate ECU and coach Al Johnson for giving him this opportunity. Plus we’re lucky to see him play again!
Johnson, who recently announced he was leaving ECU to take a job at the University of Wisconsin, said Ross will be a perfect fit for the Tiger program.
“We are very pleased that Caden is the newest member of a long tradition – which dates back to before Elvan George – of Ada High players joining our Mid-East football family. I am very pleased that he has accepted. our offer and I can’t wait to see what his future at ECU holds,” Johnson said.
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