More so than in any other year we can remember, there has been more defections in the last week of Signing Day this year than in previous years. One player who had a change of heart and fooled even his own coaches was Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive back David Ross.
Ross, 6-2, 175 pounds committed some time ago to Nebraska and told us his commitment was solid just in the last week. Ross did take official visits to Colorado, Oregon State and Arizona State but still maintained he was going to sign with Nebraska.
In the last 24 hours, Ross had a change of heart and ended up signing this afternoon with with Oregon State.
"I was as shocked as anyone, Dons DB coach Martin French said. "As a staff, we were all a little disappointed in how this was handled. David can go wherever he wants, that's fine, but at least have the courtesy to tell the coaches what's going on. Nebraska didn't even know he wasn't going there until he signed with Oregon State.
"When something like that happens, it's a poor reflection on us, even though we teach our kids to be upfront and honest with the coaches. David is an interesting guy though. He showed up at school today wearing an Oregon State tee shirt and an Arizona State jacket. We didn't know what was going on and then he signed with Oregon State. He's happy though and he should do well there."
As for the reasons for his switch, Ross offered several factors.
"Out of the schools I visited, I just felt most comfortable at Oregon State," Ross said. "It's closer to home and that was important to my mom and I also like the opportunity to play earlier at Oregon State. On top of all that, I really liked Coach Burton, the defensive backs coach. I just think I fit in better at Oregon State than any other school so that's why I made the switch."