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Portsmouth's Blindside History

Varsity - 2010 Season
Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2011 by Larry Smith

Early life

Born Lakendrick Gatrel Ross, in Elizbethtown, North Carolina, he is the youngest of five to Loretta Ann Swindell. His mother was diagnosed with diabetes at age 48 and past away at age 56  while Ross was incarcerated in Virginia, and his father, Kevin Jones walked out on his mother before Ross was born, and frequently in prison. Due to Ross upbringing, he received little attention and discipline during his childhood. He repeated both first and second grades, and attended several different schools in different states such as GA, NY, SC And VA during his  first 8 years as a student. He was placed in foster care at age ten and alternated between living in various foster homes and group homes. Ross played football during his Senior year at I.C. Norcom a public high school in Virginia and within that one season rewrote the Virginia High School Record books. After the 2010-2011 football season at I.C. Norcom,Ross was named the Division 5 (3A) Lineman of the Year, defensive Player of the year, and First Team All-State. Scout.com rated Ross a five-star recruit and the #6 defensive lineman prospect in the country. Before that season and for his prior twenty months a Norcom, Ross had been living with several foster families. In 2009 Ernistine Woods and Simon Woods, a couple that tend to foster kids. The Woods allowed Ross to live with them for 10 months, and eventually he was removed from their home and placed back into a group home in Portsmouth Va because of his poor social skills. The group home began tending to his needs after becoming familiar with his difficult childhood. They also hired a tutor and therapist for him, who worked with him for twenty hours per week. Ross also earned two letters in track and basketball. His career high as a basketball player  was 18 points and 10 rebounds a game against Hampton High School during the Boo Williams Summer Camp Championship game. By helping lead the basketball team to a 27-6 Summer League record he was voted by coaches as the summer league player of the year as a senior. Ross was also a state runner-up in the shot put as a senior.

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