Riverside (Calif.) Poly four-star Ykili Ross cornerback delivered when it mattered against Rancho Verde Friday night.
The two-way star opened one of the biggest wins in school history with
a 65-yard touchdown reception. He ended the game with almost the exact
same yardage on a pick six to clinch a 59-45 win.
“I was deep back at safety and I knew they were going to go deep, said
Ross. “They’re a big play team, so I was just looking in the
quarterback’s eyes and reading his receivers.
“My assignments led me to the perfect spot and I end up right there to
intercept the ball.”
But between those two big plays, Ross was rarely targeted. Used more as
a decoy and a run blocker on offense, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Army
All-American waited patiently to impact the game.
“Throughout my whole high school career my coaches have always told me,
‘You’re a big play guy — stay humble and stay ready at all times,’”
said Ross. “That’s what I did. I made a big play early and they started
to doubling and tripping me up (in coverage).
“That just opened up plays for other guys on the team. It eventually
came back to me to make a play. That’s a team effort.”
Ross has 582 yards receiving and seven touchdowns on 26 receptions this season. And while he is excited to focus on continuing Poly’s undefeated
season at 8-0, he also made a fashion statement Friday night, which could be misconstrued as a recruiting statement.
Wearing black SC wristbands, Ross talked about his recent unofficial
visits to USC for the Colorado and Oregon State games in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
“I’ll be there at their next Thursday game up at USC,” said Ross. “I
love it. I love the Coliseum and I love the atmosphere. W’re just going
to keep recruiting from there.”
Playing cornerback, safety and wide receiver Friday, Ross still has no
preference for where he plays at the next level.
“Wherever I get in and make an impact first and help the team at the
next level is where I’m going to play,” said Ross.
Ross will still officially visit USC, but there is one long time
favorite no longer on his travel itinerary.
“I’m probably not going to take that Miami visit,” said Ross. “I will
still take an Oklahoma visit versus Baylor and I will take a Notre Dame
visit. I’m not sure if that’s going to be against Louisville or
“Oklahoma is a big one, Notre Dame is big and USC is big. UCLA is still
competing in there too.”
Oklahoma assistant coach Tim Kish attended Friday Poly-Rancho Verde game to help the Sooners cause. While Ross will travel to Norman Nov. 8, his official visit to USC will most likely come in January.
“That will come after the season, but I don’t have a date on that one,”
said Ross. “USC has momentum. Not even momentum. Everyone is hyped up
and fired up. You always like to see that out of a team.”
Ross rearranging visits
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