While Riverside Poly four-star cornerback Ykili Ross’ senior season ended on a sour note Friday night in a 36-33 loss to Redlands East Valley, he still have plenty to look forward to this month.
Focused on his team and the state title game Friday, Ross’ first move
was to cancel his official visit to Oklahoma Friday.
“I’m not going to take the official to Oklahoma anymore,” said Ross.
“At least not this weekend because it’s right after the championship
“But yes, we only have a couple more weeks left for official visits.
I’m just getting in what I can and coming up Jan. 3, I make my
decision. It’s coming up fast, but hopefully it’ll be the best decision
I’ve ever made.”
Ross plans on making his commitment to a college at the U.S. Army
All-American Bowl in San Antonio (Texas). Between now and then, he will
have several in-home visits with colleges. Last week was his first
in-home visit of the process.
“Coach (Keith) Heyward from USC came by and it was fun giving him get a
chance to meet the family,” said Ross. “He met my mom and everything.
He was just showing us the Trojan family and what it’s going to be like
when I get there.
“He was just going over history, education, the alumni base and the
networking. Just really being able to make a family and getting that
official visit date setup.”
That official visit to USC will happen Dec. 12, which will be the last
weekend he has to visit schools before the Army All-American Bowl.
There remains a slight chance that Ross makes a commitment Jan. 3 and
then takes more official visits after the recruiting dead period. Thus
far, his only official visits has been to Notre Dame.
I was thinking about that and I’m not too sure yet,” said Ross. “When I
commit, that’s where I want to go. I don’t want to go to another place.
“It would kind of be a nonsense thing to keep going on visits and what
not, knowing you’re not going to go there.”
Coaches from Notre Dame and Washington will be in-home with Ross next
week before his trip to USC. Having been to USC multiple times
unofficially, Ross has some specific things he would like to see from
the student aspect of the university.
“Yeah, it’s really about the education part, said Ross. “USC being the
only school I haven’t really toured and actually gotten to see the
whole thing, I’m going to see a lot more on this visit. I’m hoping to
get the most out of it.”
Ross was at USC last weekend to watch the Trojans and Fighting Irish
play in the final game of the regal season at the Coliseum.
“USC finished out the season on a very high note, coming in and beating
an elite team very badly like that,” said Ross. “It doesn’t really play
a part in making my decision because I’m all about the future.”
As of now, Ross’ final list of schools under consideration are
Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC, Arizona State and Oregon. Ross finished the
season with 50 receptions for 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has more
than 1,500 yards ass purpose yards a s senior.
Ykili Ross ready for USC visit
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