Ross goes in-depth on officials/decision

Riverside (Calif.) Polytechnic athlete Ykili Ross goes in-depth on where he's taking official visits, which programs have been checking in on him and what factors will go into his decision.

These days, it's good to be Ykili Ross. The four-star Riverside Polytechnic athlete has seen his stock soar this spring and he now holds offers from the likes of USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Nebraska. While the steady stream of attention hasn't died down, Ross is getting a clearer picture of when his decision will be.

"Everyone is still in contact," Ross said. "I think at this point, I'm going to settle everything when I play in the [U.S. Army] All-American Game in January."

The invite thrilled the versatile wide receiver/defensive back, who said it was validation for all of the hard work he's put in. Now he's excited to see the process through and continue playing in college, but still has to overcome one personal matter.

"My dad is a lifelong SC fan," Ross said laughing. "I've just got to get past him."

Despite that, Ross knows he's in control of his own destiny and both the USC and UCLA coaching staffs know it. Having already unofficially visited both, Ross is now focusing in on where he'll take his official visits.

"What I am going to do in the summer is start narrowing down," he said. "I know I'm going to take a visit in June to Notre Dame and I know I'm going to take a visit to Norman to Oklahoma. I don't know where I'm going to take the rest of my official visits."

Ross does have one school in mind that could make the cut, although they haven't offered yet.

"I'm going to sit here and say yes, I'm going to visit Oregon," Ross said. "At this point, I'm going to take what I consider the best schools, the best academic schools, compare them with how many miles away from home they are and that's how I'll narrow down my official visits."

Arizona State and Arizona will likely receive visits as well, but Ross said those would be unofficial so that he can visit his older brother in Tucson. The reason why Ross is being cautious with who will fill those final three official visit slots is because he's sure more offers will be arriving in the future.

"I just have to figure that out too because I've got Nebraska and I don't really want to jump out there yet and start narrowing down schools when I'm getting letters from Alabama now," Ross said. "I haven't been offered yet, but I'm getting letters from SEC teams."

In the meantime, Ross has seen a slew of programs stop by to check on him during the evaluation period.

"USC has been by, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Vanderbilt," Ross said. "And I'm expecting a few more. I know within the next week or so UCLA will be out. I'm expecting Cal to come out. I'm expecting Oregon, hopefully, and Oregon State."

By the start of his senior season, Ross anticipates having all of the offers he needs to start filling in the voids. But there will be some other factors that will go into his decision besides the impression he gets from the visits.

Ross grew up excited to play at wide receiver but along the way he, in his words, "stumbled into being pretty good at DB", which has opened up a lot of doors for him with certain programs.

Because he feels he can excel at both sides of the ball, he's looking for a program where he can contribute right away. Of course, teaming up with a player like five-star Long Beach Poly CB Iman Marshall or five-star LSU verbal commit CB Kevin Toliver would be preferable for Ross as well.

"Some of these high-end guys, I want to see where they end up going," Ross said. "I think that may affect a decision also."

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