Ross taking his time

With it being painfully obvious that the Huskies need more playmakers in the deep patrol, head coach Tyrone Willingham and his staff are pursuing several top high school cornerback prospects for the 2006 recruiting class. Rancho Cucamonga CB Devin Ross is the top defensive back on the Huskies' radar and was able to catch up with him on the first football game of his senior season and how recruiting is going.

"(The season) is going real good right now," Ross said. "We won our first game and we played pretty good. I had an interception and ran a reverse on offense. I am playing receiver so I didn't get any catches, but I did have a 50-yard kickoff return."

Ross also logged six tackles and since he basically isn't thrown at, his interception was the big highlight of the night. His team beat Kaiser 38-34 on Friday night and next travels to face Santiago of Corona, California.

"We are going to be pretty good this year," Ross said confidently. "We are strong on offense and on defense. I think we can win every game, now we just have to go out and do it. We should go undefeated."

When our chat turned to recruiting, the focus turned to his recent visit to Lincoln, Nebraska to watch the Cornhuskers play the Maine Black Bears. "It was a nice visit," Ross said. "I liked the atmosphere, there was a lot of red in that stadium. The area was nice and all of the people were cool too. I had a good visit."

On September 1st, Ross got a lot of calls from several schools, including Willingham. Most recently, Ross talked to Huskies defensive backs coach Steve Wilks and said the Huskies are very much in the running for his services.

"I just talked to him a couple of days ago," Ross said. "We have a good relationship. We talked about about what is going on at Washington. They keep me up on what is going on."

With one official visit out of the way, Ross said he is unsure of when or where his next visits will occur. "I'm not sure if I will take anymore during the season," Ross stated. "I might, but I'm not sure right now. I'm just taking my time and I'm not in a hurry.

So does Ross have a leader?

"No leader right now," Ross said matter-of-factly. "I need to take some more visits before I start to decide something like that. I've been thinking about it, but it's not really a big concern right now."

Ross claims over 18 offers, including Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, California, Oregon, Oregon State and Oklahoma among others.

As far as what Ross is looking for, immediate playing time isn't necessarily the number one selling point for him. "I'm looking for a lot of different things," Ross said. "The team interaction, the coaching staff and the area outside the school are all things I'm looking at.

"Playing right away isn't really a consideration in where I go. I just want the chance to compete for a spot. If I win it then I should start, if not, then that is the way it is."

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