Ross Peter Donelly (Rossino): He’s A Big Deal

Ross Peter Donelly

Ross Peter Donelly

When we were told about a young St. Lucian causing quite a stir in a sport that is unconventional to these waters we were both bewildered and in disbelief. How, I thought, the closest sport we have to American Football, is one I was warned not to mention in the same sentence so I dare not say. But a little google search and an online interview later I had no choice but to raise my hands and applaud this young man who according to http://www.olemisssports.com/  was rated a 4-star recruit and the No. 29 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com, considered the nation’s 43rd-best Defensive Tackle by Scout.com and named one of the Houston Chronicle’s Top 100 recruits. He was also tabbed All-Greater Houston as a senior after posting 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal and a four-time All-District selection.

The list of names that pursed the youngster included Baylor            , Colorado St., Kansas St., LSU, Mississippi St., Northwestern, Oklahoma, SMU, Stanford, Texas Tech, Utah and Vanderbilt just to name a few. Accolades I’m sure would please his Cy-Fair High School coachEd Pustejovsky

We had a one on one interview with Rossino and after listening to what he had to say, I am now ready to join the petition for EA Sports to bring back NCAA Football to our gaming consoles; why? Come on… you can take a wild guess.

Ross Peter Donelly

Here is a little more on Rossino.

YO!

Give us a brief history about yourself before you migrated to the U.S.

Rossino

My name is Ross Peter Donelly. I’m also known as Rossino though and I’m from the fishing village of Canaries. I attended the Canaries Infant and Primary Schools. While at school I had a keen interest in basketball which was sparked and fully supported by my father.

YO!

How did the transition from basketball to football happen and did it take a while before you understood the game?

Rossino

I moved to the United States of America at the age of six. I didn’t know the game of football at all plus my mother was terrified about letting me play because she was scared I would get hurt. At the age of 12, when I finally convinced her to let me play, it wasn’t difficult at all to learn the game, it came to me naturally.

YO!

When did you start taking the sport of football seriously and what motivated you to?

Rossino

After the first year I played I knew I wanted to play in college someday. When it comes to motivation, my family back home in St. Lucia and my family in the United States all support and motivate me.My biggest supporter and motivator however, is my grandmother in Canaries, Julie Belmar.

YO!

What position do you play and what is your primary objective in the game?

Rossino

My position is Defensive Tackle. The function of the Defensive Tackle is to rush the passer (if they can get past the offensive linemen blocking them), and stop running plays directed at the middle of the line of scrimmage.

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YO!

As we end, you’ve basically achieved what you wanted to do from when you started playing and there was a huge buzz around you too…tell us about that experience.

Rossino

Well at the high school I attended I was the second freshman ever in the school’s 75 year history to play on the varsity level. It was a bigger deal than my parents and I thought it to be apparently. By my senior year I was the #1 at my position in the city of Houston and the 29th best in the United States.  Throughout my high school years, I received multiple scholarship offers to play for many universities around the country and although it was a difficult decision, I decided to join the Ole Miss. While I will be playing football for the Rebels, I will also major in Business and Management.

Rossini is clearly on a historical journey but remains grounded and humble. A family oriented young man,he quickly acknowledged his family members again as we ended the interview.

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