Most recruits from southern California prefer stay closer to home. That could end up being the case with Devin Ross, CB, 5-11, 180-pounds, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., but it is far from a safe bet.
"Distance doesn't really matter," Ross answered when asked if he would like to stay close to home.
Ross is still trying to narrow his list of schools.
"Well, I'm actually looking at all of them," Ross said of the schools he is looking at.
Which schools are currently recruiting Ross the hardest?
"Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma, Arizona," Ross answered.
Ross already set up an official visit to Nebraska (Sep. 2), and another official visit could be in the works.
"I'm thinking about going out to Oklahoma (for an official visit)."
Ross has several scholarship offers already, including Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Colorado and Michigan among others.
Ross would like to hear from California, while UCLA is certainly in the mix as well. The Bruins need Ross to raise his academic status to offer, however. And they are not alone.
"I didn't have enough core requirements for Notre Dame," Ross said of why Notre Dame has yet to extend an official offer. "Notre Dame needs me to raise my core GPA. It's about a 2.4 right now, and they want me to raise it to about a 2.6."
Ross is taking the necessary steps in an attempt to raise his academic standing. He is taking a class to help him prepare for both the SAT and ACT. He plans to take both for the first time this October. Ross plans to major in communications.
SMITTY'S TAKE - Ross simply wants a chance to show what he can do. He is going out of his way to improve his academics and is willing to give any school a shot at him that offers a scholarship.
Ross is another great kid that could fit into any school's student body. He has a vibrant personality and people will be attracted to it as soon as they meet him. It's not surprising that he is so highly recruited already.
Ross is definitely interested in Notre Dame, but it will be quite a while before the Notre Dame admissions department is able to clear him. Ross must first do well on his SAT and/or ACT, then also raise his GPA during the fall semester. If he takes an official visit to Notre Dame look for it to take place in January after admissions has an opportunity to review his fall grades and test scores. Notre Dame is very high on Ross and he would almost certainly have an offer in hand already if his grades were in order.