Four star corner holds OSU offer

ONLY ONE CORNERBACK is listed among the Oregon State 2006 Letters-of-Intent, and junior Coye Francies came to Corvallis as a JC transfer. The position is one of the harder ones to recruit in college football -- good corners are hard to find. One of the Beaver targets for '07 and holding an OSU offer is David Ross out Compton, Calif., a long defensive back and four star prospect.

A couple programs (USC and Cal) have talked to Ross (6-1, 170, 4.5) about playing safety but OSU and just about everyone else sees his D-IA future out on the island. And there are a lot of schools.

"I don't even know how many offers I have, I think it's about 19 or 20," said the Dominguez High standout.

Some of the main players who have offered include OSU, Oregon, Ole Miss, Michigan, Washington, Colorado, UNLV and Arizona, Ross said.

Corner is one of the few positions conducive to a true frosh having the ability to immediately step in and contribute, and most important to Ross in making his decision will be the opportunity to earn playing time as a freshman.

"How comfortable I feel at a school is important but my main thing is how fast am I going to play," said Ross, rated the No. 22 prep CB prospect in the country by

Ross said distance will not be a factor, saying he could see himself playing the Northwest as easily as he could see himself staying home in the Golden State.

Recruiting calls since Sept. 1 have included Washington, Oregon, Colorado, UNLV, Arizona, Ole Miss and OSU, Ross said.

FINAL DETAILS remain to be worked out but Ross said three official visits are planned to Oregon, Colorado and Arizona, with Eugene likely being the first stop. Ross' cousin James Finley is a senior wide receiver for the Ducks.

Ross said his top five, in no particular order, is Oregon, Cal, USC, Arizona and Ole Miss.

"I haven't got too much of a read on (Oregon State) but I like them too," said Ross. "Oregon, I've been watching them since I was a little kid and I have friends that go there too. Ole Miss, I could see myself playing there."

THE BOOK ON ROSS is good hips, feet and quickness. He runs well and he's athletic -- Ross is also the Dominguez starting quarterback.

Ross picked off five passes as a junior, helping to lead the Dons to a 13-1 record, including a win in the title game. In the CIF Div-III championship game Ross was a force of nature, shutting down the formidable Notre Dame passing attack in the 41-14 blowout victory.

There are five minutes of highlight video available to BF.C subscribers on Ross' video page.

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