Ness had a huge season last fall that included eight interceptions. He is originally from Gardena, CA, and failed to qualify on the SAT by 10 points. He will graduate in December and show up at his college of choice in the spring of '06 with three years to play two.
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Nate Ness made the post-season 2004 JC Grid-Wire All-American team. He started all 11 games as a freshman last year and recorded 76 tackles, eight interceptions (two for TD's), eight passes broken-up, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one blocked punt. He was named first team All-Mission Conference, All-State, and 3rd team JC Grid-Wire All-American along with being awarded as his team's defensive MVP.
Ness is the cousin of USC junior Darnell Bing and that is a big reason why the Trojans lead for his services, over Arizona. "USC has always been my favorite team, and with my cousin going there it makes them that much more appealing. Coach Carroll came to one of my games recently and the staff at ‘SC is showing me a lot of attention.
"I have spoken with coaches (Arizona d-line coach Mike) Tuiasosopo and Stoops. They tell me that they really like me and want me to go there."
Ness is also hearing quite a bit from Arizona State, Cal, LSU, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Iowa, Idaho State, and Cincinnati. "USC and Arizona are my top schools with ‘SC as the favorite. I also like Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State."
He has received a written offer from ASU and has scheduled no visits.
The d-back says that ‘SC likes him at corner, and most others see him as a free safety. He considers himself to be a football junkie. "I just love the sport. On defense, I am great in coverage. I have to have the ball in my hands so I am always looking for the pick. I have a great nose for the ball.
Ness has already garnered four picks this year and returned one for a score.