Wait is worthwhile for Ross

It wasn't easy for Rashad Ross to see Letter of Intent day come and go over three weeks ago and not his name inked with any team. The offers were there for the Butte College WR but he felt that there was still some better options out there for him. A visit to Arizona State, which concluded today, validated that belief as he became one of the newest Sun Devils in the 2011 recruiting class.

"It feels really good to make my decision and commit to Arizona State," said the 6-0 170 Rashad Ross. "My host was Mike Willie and he was really cool to hang with. All the players and coaches were very nice and I had a good time hanging with them. The surroundings are very nice and it looks like a great place to live at.

"I really didn't expect the visit to be this good and I was really blown away."

As a sophomore for Butte College, Ross received All-American Honors as a returner by posting a 12.9 yard per return average on 17 punt returns including one for 85 yards and a touchdown and averaged 25.3 yards per kick return including 2 for touchdowns. He also hauled in 17 receptions for 368 yards and three more scores as a receiver.

"The (ASU) coaches like my speed and the way I can change direction," said Ross who reported a 40-time of 4.37. "My receivers coach (Steve Broussard) said he has a feeling I will be a sleeper. They like me both on special teams and at wide receiver. I don't mind where I play, I just like being on the field. I think I have the talent to play right away, but if I not I will redshirt.

"I am also planning to run track at ASU, mainly the 200 and 400 meters. I may run the 100 (meters) too."

Ross stated that his fastest 100m time was a 10.5, and he was clocked at 21.2 seconds and 47 seconds respectively at the 200 and 400 meters.

Ross visited Mississippi last month but said that the distance from home caused him to drop them from consideration. The wide receiver was also being recruited by Hawaii who offered him a scholarship, as well as Utah State and Middle Tennessee.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to get an offer from Arizona State during my visit," Ross confessed. "It really did work out for me to wait for this visit and sign with a good school."

Ross will three years to play two and is scheduled to his AA degree in May.


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