Ross Follows Coach's Footsteps
Ross quickly jumped on the offer.
He continued to have a good season, and his running backs coach at Pittsburg, Ken Simonton, put in a good word for Ross with his alma mater, Oregon State.
Last week, Oregon State offered Ross, the school he'd been hoping would offer for some time, and Ross committed to the Beavers on the spot.
"Coach Simonton was telling them I'm a D-I guy and that helped out everything," said Ross. "I'm solid this time to Oregon State. I'm only going to visit them."
Mixon Sets Final Visit
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, the West's top running back, had another big game for Freedom, scoring three touchdown, rushing for two and catching a screen for another, all while playing on a sore ankle.
Mixon also finally had a weekend to himself.
On Sunday afternoon, though, the five-star set his fifth and final official visit, to Florida State.
"I'm going on November 2nd when they play Miami," said Mixon.
Mixon also visited Cal officially and said he would also be visiting UCLA unofficially in November.
He still plans to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Dickerson Solid to Irish
San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson has missed the past few weeks after suffering a small hairline fracture in his back.
But the four-star said he's recovering fine and will be ready for the playoffs, where Serra is primed for a big run in the CIF-CCS postseason.
On the recruiting front, Dickerson, who committed to Notre Dame in August, said he's not wavered one bit, despite schools still trying with him.
"I've made it clear that I'm committed to Notre Dame and not changing my mind," said Dickerson. "I'm not taking any other visits to schools, only Notre Dame."
Dickerson said he's likely visiting Notre Dame in December when several other commits visit South Bend.
Hutchings Continues to Rise
Still in his first year of high school football, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley linebacker Malik Hutchings added another offer on Friday, from Portland State.
The Vikings followed UTEP, UC Davis and Hawaii in offering Hutchings.
"I'm getting my film out and that's making more schools interested," said Hutchings. "I still wish now I had played earlier because it would have changed things I think in my recruitment, but it's all working out."
Hutchings has helped Deer Valley to a 7-0 start in 2013.
Choudja On the Map
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja has flown under the radar for much of the year, but Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage knew all about him.
Choudja's game-ending sack from inside the 20 prevented Heritage from a potential tying touchdown.
A few schools are already ahead of the curve for Choudja too.