O.J. Ross Talks Favorites

Florida WR O.J. Ross is one of the top talents in the South, and the Red Raiders are hoping to add him to their offensive arsenal. Ross talks with Scout.com about his top schools, where he plans to take visits, and when he plans on making his decision. Will the Red Raiders make the cut? Come inside to find out...

O.J. Ross (Oliver Junior) is the 5-foot-10, 176-pound three-star wide receiver from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. He already has 18 scholarship offers but not from the school he likes the most – Florida.

"I just grew up a fan of the Gators," Ross said. "I'd watch them play every weekend and my cousin [former Gator cornerback Avery Atkins] went there." Scout.com's No. 63 wide receiver nationwide says the Gators are recruiting him. "I was at their camp about two weeks ago," Ross said. "They seemed to like me and were interested but I guess they want to see more. I think they'd like to wait and check me out during the season."

Although the Gators haven't offered yet, Ross says they'd be his top choice if they did. "I don't think I'd commit to them right away, but I do like Florida a lot," he said.

So until Florida offers, Ross says he favors North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Purdue, Rutgers and Texas Tech. All of his favorites have offered as well as Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Syracuse and Florida International.

He says his dad favors Texas Tech. "He loves their offense," Ross said. "I like the offense a lot too. I'm definitely planning to take an official visit there."

Ross plans on taking official visits to Rutgers, Purdue and West Virginia as well. "The coaches at Rutgers seem really cool," he said. "I've talked to a few of them already and they seem great. They are still a young team and getting better.

"Purdue has a good program too," he said. "They said they need a guy to get the ball to and that they need a breakaway guy and said that I could fit that role well."

The school that is recruiting Ross the hardest is West Virginia.

"They have a really good offense," he said. "I like [wide receivers] coach Lonnie Galloway. He's real cool and I can see me and him building a good relationship if I went there."

Ross hasn't been to any of the offering schools in his top six yet and says that distance will not be a factor.

"I'm not worried about things like that…how far they are isn't important. I'm not afraid of the cold either. I'll play anywhere."

He says he won't make a decision until after his senior season. "I just want to take my time and get the season out of the way," he said. "I'll probably take two visits during the season and the others after.

"I want immediate playing time," Ross said. "I want to play for a program that is good and doing well. I also want to be in an atmosphere that is right for me. I want to be in good surroundings and around great people."

North Carolina is one school where he believes he could play early. "They said they really need receivers," Ross said. "They said that I could come in and play immediately. They love my speed and said they'd also use me on special teams."

The main reason that Ross lists South Carolina in his top six is because of head coach Steve Spurrier. "I know he's a great coach," he said. "I felt like we have a good relationship already. He came to visit me at school during spring and seems to really like me."

Ross finished his junior season with 34 receptions for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"I have great speed and quickness," he said. "I can get great separation from the defender. I think I'm like a Percy Harvin-type. He's my idol."

Ross says he can bench 285-pounds, squat 315 and has a 31-inch vertical jump.

"I want to improve my hands and catching the ball," he said. "I also want to run better routes."

Ross plans on majoring in business management and reports a 2.6 core GPA and took the ACT on June 13.



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