Wildcats in Top Three for Florida Receiver

Adding a quality wide receiver to the offense is high on the Wildcats' priority list this season. One prospect who fits that mold is O.J. Ross of Daytona Beach Florida. KSR had a chance to talk with him about his recruitment.

Adding a quality wide receiver to the offense is high on the Wildcats' priority list this season. One prospect who fits that mold is O.J. Ross of Daytona Beach Florida. KSR had a chance to talk with him about his recruitment.

Standing at 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, as a football player you had better have speed. Ross has speed and then some. "I run my routes very well. I catch well, but my speed is a big advantage (4.40-forty)," said Ross. "I can block, but I do want to improve my blocking," he said.

Several schools (18 offers) have taken notice of Ross's abilities, but he's already cut his list. "I have narrowed it down to about three," said Ross. "North Carolina, Purdue and Kentucky," he said. "I haven't taken any of my visits, but my first one is scheduled for next month. I'm going to Purdue," he said.

What's the appeal of Kentucky? "I think I could probably play early at Kentucky too," he said. "They are gonna need some receivers and told me I'd have a shot to play early. I really like how Kentucky is young and up-and-coming," he said in an interview with Allen Wallace on September 4th. "They play in the SEC too and that's one of the best conferences."

He has already detailed what he'll be looking for when he takes his official visits. "I'm looking for a good football program and academic program. The atmosphere, the teammates; I have to be comfortable around them. I'm also looking for a place I can be an instant impact player," he said.

Ross hasn't chosen a specific time to make a decision, but it will probably be later. "I'm going to wait it out until right before signing day," he said.

O.J. Ross Scouting Report
Ross is not the biggest wide receiver, but he is one of the best in Florida. He gets off the ball very well, he is an explosive athlete, and he plays with good speed. He makes good adjustments to the ball as well. He is a threat downfield and he will likely end up as a slot receiver on the next level. He has the size for an inside guy and he needs to improve his strength and route-running. - Chad Simmons - South Recruiting Analyst

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