Phenix City, Ala.--One of the top wide receivers in the country for the 2018 class, Central Phenix City (Ala.) standout Justyn Ross got what he came for last Sunday when he earned an invitation to The Opening in Oregon in July with a strong performance in Buford, Ga.
One of Auburn’s top targets at the wide receiver position and living less than an hour from campus, Ross has been a frequent visitor to the Plains the last few years. Recently he was back on campus for an extended visit along with his family and had a great time just relaxing with Coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, WR Coach Kodi Burns and company.
“It was a fun visit because we got to spend the whole time with the coaches,” Ross said. “They showed us around and showed us everything. It was a nice visit. My parents and aunt really liked it.”
Part of the reason for the visit was getting to know Lindsey better. Coming to Auburn from Arizona State and known for throwing the ball more, Lindsey made a good impression on Ross and he feels like the Tigers will look a little different this fall.
“He’s a good person,” Ross said. “I feel like he’s going to open up the Auburn offense a little bit more.”
On Saturday he was back once again, this time to see the Tigers in a scrimmage setting. Watching the offense closely, he said there was plenty to like about what Auburn is doing on that side of the ball.
"They looked real good," Ross said. "I saw how Coach Lindsey is opening it up. That’s real important for me because as a receiver, you want the ball and you have to have someone to give you the ball. That puts them in a better spot. They wouldn’t be where they are right now if they weren’t throwing the ball like they are."
Ross wants to see even more from the offense and that means a return visit next weekend for the A-Day game.
"I’ll be back," Ross said. "I want to see that they can throw the ball. We all know they can run the ball. I have seen everything at Auburn. It’s now about me keeping on building relationships with the coaches."
With offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and many others, Ross said he’s in no hurry to make a decision with his mother still deployed in Kuwait. Her return is scheduled for this summer and Ross said that’s when he’ll really start to focus more on his future.
“I’m just letting it all go until my mom gets back,” Ross said.
A talented and physical wide receiver, Ross showed strong hands and continues to improve his route running on the outside. Combine that with 6-4 size and crazy athleticism and you have a player that should turn some heads on the national level when he meets up with the best of the best.
“It means a lot because it shows everybody sees my talent and the way I do things,” Ross said. “It feels great. I’m glad to be named among the best in the country. It will be fun to go compete against the people in Oregon.”