Ross Lands First Two Offers

Riverside Poly (Calif.) two-way standout Ykili Ross has been generating a lot of buzz recently and the athlete just picked up his first offer on Tuesday and a big local offer on Wednesday...

Ykili Ross is a fast-rising athlete who is getting looks on both sides of the ball. He shows up very well on film at cornerback and receiver, and if you're looking for a player who could really blow up this spring and summer Ross could be that guy.

He's a physical corner who excels in press and is strong in coverage and in run support. As a receiver, he shows strong hands, very good body control and the speed to make plays down the field.

On the recruiting front, Ross is hearing from a handful of schools and landed offer No. 1 on Tuesday.

"I talked to Coach Norvell from Arizona State and he offered me a scholarship," Ross said. " He called my head coach first and then I talked with him. He told me they like me as a receiver and feel I would be a great fit in their offense. Getting this first offer is a huge weight off my back and really feels good.

Then on Wednesday, Ross reported that UCLA offered him as an athlete.

"I'm also hearing from California, UCLA, Washington State, USC, Boise State and Washington State. They're all recruiting me hard and sounds like they could all be close to offering. Some schools like me as an athlete and want me to play both ways and that would be great, I would love to do that.

"UCLA and USC have said that, they want me to camp with them and get to know me better as a player and person. I actually prefer corner, I love that challenge of being on an island and going against someone just me and him. I like receiver too though, where a school recruits me won't be a deal breaker for me."

Ross said he's open to all schools right now and is in no hurry to make a decision.

"Growing up, I never had a childhood favorite or a favorite school I rooted for," Ross said. "A lot of my family liked USC or UCLA but I never watched that much football to have a favorite team. I think that's actually a good thing for me, it will help me to go through the process with an open mind.

"I want to take all my official visits and find the best place for me. I'm looking for a good education and a place where I can click and relate well with the players on the team. I want to find a school that will help me be successful on and off the field. I plan to major in engineering and nutrition so that will play a role for me and I want to find a place that I'll be comfortable with the coaching staff and get a good chance to step in and make an impact."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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