UCLA Looks Good for Ross

Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan athlete John Ross is one of the top two-way performers in the West region. Ross excelled on both sides of the ball but is getting recruited primarily at receiver right now...

John Ross is an explosive athlete and one of the best kick/punt returners in the state. He put up huge numbers this past season in all three phases of the game to earn Moore League Player of the Year.

Ross caught 56 balls for 994 yard, rushed 25 times for 227 yards and returned a state leading six kickoffs for touchdowns. From his corner position, Ross had 65 tackles, picked off five passes and took two back to the house and added four sacks for good measure.

"He'll end up the best football player I've ever coached," Jordan coach Thomas Barnes said. "He's already the best return man I've ever seen and is a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball. He's an elite athlete and a great receiver prospect. There's really nothing he can't do on the football field."

Ross is currently sitting on scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah State and Washington and said four schools currently top his list.

"I like UCLA, Washington, San Diego State and Cincinnati," Ross said. "UCLA was my first offer and I'm very comfortable with the school and the location. The old staff actually offered me and then the new staff confirmed it. The school is close to home and that's a really big deal to me. I would love to play in front of my friends and family.

"Washington is another school I like a lot and we have had a lot of players from my school go there. I have some good friends on the team, John Timu and a few others so I'm interested. San Diego State is close to home and up and coming and Cincinnati is kind of intriguing because they don't recruit out west very often. They saw my film from the NIKE Camp last year and that's what got them interested."

The athlete said he has no plans to make an early decision and wants to go through the recruiting process.

"I plan to take all my visits," Ross said. "When I commit somewhere, I want that to be it. I want to be 100% sure of my decision so I might try and do some unofficial visits in the spring and summer and then do official visits in the fall. I'm going to UCLA's Junior Day next week but that's the only visit I have set up right now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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