By Brian Woodham
Phenix City, Ala--One of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects brought a special guest to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, one he’s waited to bring on visits for some time--his mom.
Four-star class of 2018 prospect Justyn Ross, who made the short drive over from Phenix City for his second straight Big Cat Weekend, had essentially, a far as major decisions went, put his recruitment on hold until his mother, Charay Franklin, returned from Kuwait, where she was deployed as member of the National Guard.
She returned just before Mother’s Day, and it didn’t take long before coaches began reaching out.
“Her phone started blowing up when they finally knew she was back,” said Ross, who added that he’s pretty sure she’s already developed a relationship with some coaches, although she doesn’t talk to him about that.
The visit for Big Cat Weekend was the first for Ross’ mother since she’s been back.
“Yeah, it was real nice to finally have her visiting,” he said.
The six-foot-four, 197-pound Ross, who Scout.com ranks as the nation’s No. 5 wide receiver and No. 28 prospect overall, said his relationship with the coaching staff and Auburn’s proximity to home separates the Tigers from other schools recruiting him.
Earlier in May, Ross released his list of top schools, which included Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and others.