Kevin Ross, an infielder, is ranked No. 7 in the state of Illinois by Perfect Game. The all-state and all-conference selection his junior season, Ross hit .538 in the Area Code Games in 2011. He received the New Balance Kevin Youkilis "Heart and Hustle" Award for his Area Code Games performance and was named to the All-Area Code team at third base. He played for the Chi-Town Cream summer baseball team in 2010-11 as well as the White Sox's Area Code team and the Chicago Scouting team. Ross had the highest batting average for Niles West during his sophomore season.
"Kevin has a special gift from a physical standpoint," (Michigan Head Coach Rich) Maloney said. "He runs well, throws 89 across the infield and hits for power. He's a very talented young man who has been moving up on the charts. His star is emerging."