In 4.36 seconds, O.J. Ross from Mainland high school went from an ultra-talented local prospect to a guy who will be on everyone's radar.
The 5'10", 176 lb. receiver had the fastest 40-time at the Scout.com combine in Orlando last month (4.36 seconds) and that helped his stock go up as fast as his he ran the ever-important sprint.
"It was great to do that in front of everyone," Ross told InsideKnights.com. "I've run a 4.32 before but I knew I could put up a real good time."
Ross previously had offers from UCF, Arkansas and FIU but heard from Michigan soon after his dazzling performance in Orlando.
"I just got an offer from Michigan. I also am hearing from Kentucky and Florida a lot."
With schools starting to take more and more notice, what will be important for the local when making a decision?
"Academics and the overall program are important. Location doesn't matter."
What really is crucial for Ross though is playing time. The productive receiver wants to make an impact right away and when asked if he could see himself making an impact for UCF, he was confidently answered yes.
The Knights will have to battle off some powerhouses, but UCF will undoubtedly be in the mix for Ross, as he has enjoyed his experiences with the school.
"I've been there a couple of times and I liked it. Everything is real new there."
Ross also has established a good relationship with UCF's staff.
"Coach Collins is real cool."
Most importantly, the Knights offer Ross an opportunity that no one else can; a chance to play in front of fans and family.
"It's a real good situation. They are close to home, but not too close."
Ross is hoping to land a couple more offers by the time Mainland wraps up spring football. The upcoming senior said that there will be plenty of motivation for himself and his fellow Buccaneers, who finished 11-1 last year.
"We lost by one point in the playoffs last year and that's a bad feeling. It gives us a lot of motivation."
With raw speed and the ability to make people miss, Ross is a special talent and just wants to refine his route-running ability and his catching. With speed in the 4.3's, getting open certainly won't be a problem for Ross, wherever he goes.
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