Ross plans Irish visit

Four-star athlete Ykili Ross of Riverside (Calif.) Poly talks about his most recent offer from Notre Dame. Ross, who stays in daily contact with the Notre Dame staff, has already set a date to visit the Irish, and he explains why he believes Notre Dame could be the right fit for him.

Four-star cornerback/athlete Ykili Ross of Riverside (Calif.) Poly has 15 offers, and over 10 of those offers weren't extended until February.

"It's been rewarding," Ross said of his rise on the recruiting scene. "I'm not overwhelmed with it though because I know I've worked hard enough for it to come."

The Poly product was offered by Notre Dame last week.

"I saw it coming in the sense I had been talking with the coaches for a while," Ross said. "They like that I'm a big guy with a big frame who's athletic, has good footwork and can play on both sides of the ball. We kind of talked about wide receiver, but they want me as a cornerback."

"I know Notre Dame is a Catholic school," Ross added. "I've learned about their academics and all the majors and minors they offer. But, I'm a football fan. I've always watched them on TV and I could picture myself wearing the blue and gold."

Ross says he talks daily with a member of the Irish staff.

"I talk with Coach (Kerry) Cooks and Coach (Bob) Elliott a lot," Ross said. "I talk with Coach Elliott daily."

The 6-foot-1, 188-pound athlete, who plans to get up to 195 by the start of the fall season, will be visiting Notre Dame this summer.

"I'm going up there in June for camp with my coach (former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce)," Ross said. "He's one of the coaches speaking at it."

Ross, who's nickname is Flash, dawns such a nickname because of his 4.4 forty-yard dash speed -- not because of his personality on the field. Ross is known for not celebrating touchdowns and quietly handing the ball to the referee.

"I didn't really grow up a fan of USC or UCLA," Ross said. "I'm an NFL man. A Patriots fan. I like Bill Belichick and how he coaches. He puts itty-bitty pieces together to make something great. Not like the Eagles two or three years ago who tried to just focus on a couple big aspects to make a super team, and it didn't work out."

Ross' priorities in choosing a school fall in line with a Belichick-like approach.

"I will be looking at intensity in practice, how the coaches and players operate, and the overall atmosphere of the school," Ross said.

Ross, who's first name means "Warrior" in Swahili, has visited USC and UCLA this spring and he also plans on camping at Arizona State and Washington.

"I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "They're all on an equal playing field. I don't have any plans to make a list soon. I'm focused on the task at hand. I want to win a state championship."

Ross is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 26 cornerback in the class of 2015. Top Stories