When talking about the top cover corners in the state of California for the class of 2007, the first two names that usually pop up are Courtney Viney from Edison, Fresno and Donovan Warren out of Long Beach Poly. We won't argue with either player but another guy we love and feel should be mentioned with anyone is Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive back David Ross.
Ross, 6-1, 165 pounds is a shut down corner with size, long arms and a mean streak. He had a big junior season for the Dons and was the teams top cover corner despite playing opposite of Stanford bound Richard Sherman.
"He's a national recruit and can play for anyone in the country," Dons DB coach Martin French. "I coached the DBs in the CaliFlorida Bowl this past year and I would take him over anyone we had and we had some good players.
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"The thing with David is his size. He's all of 6-1 and he has a long, lean athletic body with great hips and he can run with anyone. At Dominguez, we played 100% man defense all season long. We put our corners on an island and they play bump and run every down and David was just dominant.
"He only got beat for one touchdown all season and that's because he got lazy on a play. When he has his head right, no one can compete with him. He had five picks during the year and then dominated against Notre Dame in the CIF title game. They threw him at five times and he had five deflections, he got his hand on every pass they threw at him."
Ross has already received early offers from Arizona and Oregon and is hearing from the rest of the Pac 10 as well plus Nebraska, Michigan and Colorado.
"David likes SC a lot but he's also very interested in Oregon," French said. "Nebraska is on him hard and so is Washington. His top five right now would be SC, Oregon, Arizona, Nebraska and Washington. He liked Michigan a lot too but with (Ron) English leaving for the pros, I'm not sure about that any more."
Academically, Ross is carrying a 2.2 GPA and will need to some work to get himself eligible but he's on the right track.
"David is a smart kid too, that's the frustrating part," French said. "Sometimes, these kids have to learn the hard way. He messed around early on but he's doing good now and will have no problem passing the test because he's smart and when he applies himself, he can get it done."