Ranked as one of the best prep defensive backs in Nebraska's class of 2007, you can imagine that Husker fans and maybe even the coaches have projected Dominguez High School standout David Ross as not just a contributor in the future, but a major player.
Those prognostications got a big blow yesterday when the Portland Tribute reported that he wouldn't be heading to the land of the big red. Instead Ross would be attending Oregon State.
Big Red Report contacted David Ross's head coach Willie Donerson to address Ross's current status as a recruit. "He didn't commit. He visited Oregon State this last week, but I know he didn't commit," Donerson said. "But I know David's mom even called up Bill Busch (Safeties coach at the University of Nebraska) before he went on that visit."
Following Ross's commit to the Huskers on December 16th, the speculation about his mind wavering was already hitting the internet. He had former teammates at one school, current teammates at another, and these factors would make his pledge to the Midwestern school shaky at best.
Following all that earlier speculation Ross had addressed it in an interview we did with him approximately two weeks ago. "Yes, people are still trying to recruit me. There's Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington and Oregon State. I have told them all that I am solid." He said.
So, why the visit? His coach had a pretty simple explanation for that:
"Some of these kids have never gotten out of the city much less the state and this is the only way they can get to see other places," Donerson said. "When David took that trip to Nebraska, that was the first time he'd ever even been on a plane."
As to the recent report by the Portland Tribune about Ross committing in the last 24 hours, he was not all that surprised. "I know the (Oregon State) coaches came to do an in-home with David last night and he wasn't even there," he said. "But you know how this stuff goes. One player sees a friend go there, they talk about playing together and all that. It's fun for them and that's usually how stuff like this gets started."
"But he's a Husker. I know that and I don't see it changing."
Donerson did also say that following Ross's visit to Oregon State, Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan went in-house with the Ross family just to see if anything was wrong. According to Donerson, that Ross basically squashed any thoughts as to him heading somewhere else.