American River's Ross talks recruiting

He's traveled from one coast to the other to play football, but American River S Willie Ross (5-11, 200) hasn't lost his focus. After an outstanding freshman season, the talented defensive back has schools from across the country looking at him and he updated on things including what led him from the Sunshine State to the Golden State.

Ross enjoyed an outstanding prep career at one of the top high school programs in the country, but he was unable to qualify and he said he made the decision to continue his football career at Highland College in Kansas but thing changed after the coach that recruiting him got fired.

"I played at Miami Killian in high school," Ross told "I didn't qualify and Highland really wanted me, so I headed there, but the coaches got fired and I was there a quarter so I redshirted that year.

"Then I started looking around because I just didn't feel comfortable with the new staff there and I had a friend already here at American River and he said I'd like it out here because all I had to do was focus on school and football so I made the trip out here and I've been really happy here."

As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Ross was outstanding for the Beavers, posting 79 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, two sacks and two interceptions while earning All Mid-Empire Conference honors.

"I play strong safety," Ross said. "I'm more comfortable in the box, where I can come up and support the run. That's what I do best, but I can cover guys too."

Ross posted a 4.41 forty time this spring and also puts up 225 pounds on the bench press 22 times, so he has the physical skills to be an enforcer as well as a ballhawk and teams have begun to take note.

"This spring we had Arizona and Washington out to watch us, but I haven't talked to them yet," Ross said. "UNLV and Nevada are both starting to recruit me and Oklahoma just sent me an email saying they were interested.

"Marshall called me while I was on break, so they are the one that I've talked to so far, but I think more will take a look at me, especially after I get my tape out."

Ross is on pace to finish up this December and because he redshirted the 2007 season, he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Ross down the road as recruiting hits high gear after the start of the season.

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