Ross looking at a number of programs

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Devin Ross (5-11, 180, 4.45) denies a leader but favors Arizona (offer), USC, Cal, Arizona State and Oregon State (offer). He names his favorites in this order and also claims offers from Washington State, Washington, Nebraska, Michigan State and Colorado State.

"I'm looking for a school that's going to give me a chance to play early," says Ross. "Right now all these schools are about even, I'd say.

"I was at USC's JR Day this past weekend and it was a real good experience. I got to know the coaches, especially coach (Greg) Burns (secondary) really well. I've got a good impression of them so far. I took in seeing one of their practices and I also got to meet coach (Pete) Carroll. He told me that he liked what he saw on my highlight tape. He liked how I moved.

"The whole coaching staff there is great. They, along with the players, seem real fired up. They've got a great atmosphere and they all seem to work well together as a team. I like how they help each other out with mistakes, so they can help each other get better.

"My friend, Darian Hagan, went with me on that JR Day. He seems to really like Cal though, which gets me maybe leaning to them as well because we both want to go to the same college. Plus, Cal always gives a good challenge and they've got a great academic program. But I'd still say the schools are about even," Ross decides.

"I also like coach (Mike) Stoops at Arizona. I feel that he can recruit players well from both the Midwest and in California. They're going to eventually have a good program because they've got some good recruiting classes. They're going to be a good team in the future. They were also the first to offer me.

"I want to make my decision closer to Signing Day so that I can really see how these teams do this season."

Ross will be at Cal's JR Day on April 16 and this summer he also plans to unofficially visit Nebraska and Arizona.

"I've got good speed and vision and I react well when the QB throws to the receiver," says Ross. "I've got some pretty good size for a corner and I've got great closing speed. I want to work on using my hips better when I change direction, and I want to get faster overall."

Final JR (7-4) stats: 44 tackles; 3 catches/94 yds; 34 carries/334 yds/6 TDs. All stats occurred at Los Osos High School from which Ross transferred after the season to Rancho Cucamonga High School.

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