Ross recaps visit to UCLA

Long Beach Jordan (Calif.) wide receiver John Ross took his official visit to UCLA over the weekend hoping it would clear some things up in his recruitment but he said he's even more confused now than ever.

John Ross is one of the top uncommitted receivers still on the board out West. He has already taken official visits to Washington, Oregon and Oregon State and the trip to UCLA put the Bruins near the top of his list.

"I had a great trip, I really liked it there," Ross said. "I've been to UCLA before but the trip allowed me to spend a lot more time with the coaches and really get to know those guys well. I'm very close with Coach Yarber, he's more than just a coach, he's a mentor and I know he can help me not just in football but in life.

"UCLA has really stepped up their recruitment of me recently. They're recruiting me as hard as anyone, and that's big. My coach told me I should go where I'm wanted the most and right now, UCLA and Washington are the two schools really pushing hard so it's going to be a tough decision. I really have no idea right now what I'm going to do."

Ross said watching the team practice and seeing first hand how much the team improved in one year was another big plus for the Bruins.

"They had a great practice and the guys really have a good time," Ross said. "The coaches are great there, they work hard but make it fun for the players at the same time. I like the offense at UCLA a lot and coach Mazzone spent a lot of time showing me how I would be used. They want to move me all over the place and feel I can step in and make an impact right away.

"I talked with coach Mora a lot as well and he's a great guy. The players all love him and it's amazing how fast he turned things around. They won nine games in their first year and were just a play away from going to the Rose Bowl. The football program is definitely going in the right direction, you can see that, it's not hard to see and the idea of staying home and playing for them is very appealing for sure."

Ross said he doesn't have a leader right now but it does appear the Bruins and Huskies could be the teams to beat.

"I'm very comfortable at Washington," Ross said. "I know so many players there and have played with so many of them. I played pop warner and at Dorsey with Jaydon Mickens and Marvin Hall and played at Jordan with John Timu and a few others. I'm very close with Coach Dougherty, the WR coach and he's kind of a mentor as well.

"UCLA really pushed the alumni support they have there after football and just the benefit of staying close to home. If you want to live in the Los Angeles area when you're done playing football, a UCLA degree and the connections you make can really help you. To be honest, I'm mostly looking at this as a football decision. I don't even know where I want to live or what I want to major in. I'm looking at where I'm the most comfortable and where can I succeed the most and right now, I just don't have any idea."

Ross said he would still like to take one last visit in January and is looking at a number of schools including Arizona, Hawaii, Arkansas, Nebraska and Washington State.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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