Florida defensive back Ahman Ross has narrowed his list of favorites down to a top four and Indiana is one of the four schools to make the cut. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound standout from Jacksonville (FL) The Bolles School was in Bloomington last month for an unofficial visit with the Hoosiers.
Ross currently has offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, West Virginia, Florida State, Miami (FL), Memphis, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Troy, Western Michigan and Appalachian State. He has top four of IU, Kentucky, Louisville and West Virginia. The three-star recruit said he was not sure what he would think about Indiana when he visited, but he said everything he saw really made a big impression on him.
“The campus overall made an impression on me,” he said about his visit to IU. “I had heard good things about Bloomington and how it’s a great city, and just seeing it for myself was great. It was a great visit and a very productive one. I didn’t know what to expect, but once I got there everything went great. The coaches showed me an enormous amount of love and it was a great experience.”
On his visit to Indiana the talented safety was able to spend time with the players while they were doing summer workouts.
“The players were doing some summer workouts on their own and I got to work out with them for a little bit,” Ross said. “We did some 7-on-7 and some one-on-ones and it was great. The team welcomed me with open arms. Everybody asked how I was and they really want me to go there.”
A couple of the players that Ross was able to hang out with were guys he knows from back home in Jacksonville.
“I got to spend time with a couple guys from area that I know, Khalil (Bryant) and Phil (Benker),” he said. “I played against both of them in 7-on-7 so I knew those guys and we had hung out a few times before. They showed me a little bit of Indiana and they were excited for me to be there on a visit since I am also a Jacksonville native.”
The athletic safety said if he did choose to go to Indiana it is nice knowing there are players already on the roster that he has a connection with.
“It’s a great feeling having people there that you know already, especially when they are from the same area you are since they know what you’re going through as far as being away from home and adjusting to a new place,” Ross said. “It’s nice because you won’t feel like you’re alone. But even without those guys everyone on the team treated me like family and they really welcomed me.”
Ross said that the Hoosiers are very high on him as a player because they believe he has the versatility to play any of the three safety positions in their defensive scheme.
“I have been talking to Coach (Noah) Joseph,” he said. “He told me that he loves my aggressiveness and my speed. He likes that I can cover receivers as well as come down and play the run. They play with three safeties and he thinks I could play all three safety spots. He said that the coaches believe I could be an impact player for them, and they see me coming into the Big Ten and making big plays for them.”
After committing to Miami (FL) and then decommitting from the Hurricanes the Jacksonville native standout said he is looking for a school where he feels at home when he’s there.
“I am looking for a home away from home and a place where I feel comfortable,” Ross said. “I am also looking for a place where I can come in and make an impact on the team my freshman year any way that I can. I will also look at the whole overall atmosphere of the entire university, not just athletically but academically as well. I want to study communications and sports broadcasting. Indiana showed me that they have a good school for that.”
Ross said that he wants to take some official visits this fall before he makes a decision on where he will play his college football.
“I will probably wait until after the season,” he said about his decision timetable. “It won’t be all the way until Signing Day, but it will most likely be after the season. I will probably use a few of my official visits during the season, and then take a couple after my season.”