It was a very good month for Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Devin Ross. The standout corner pushed his scholarship offer mark in to double digits and just found out moments ago that he was a member of the first Rivals100 of the new recruiting season.
Ross, 5-10, 165 pounds is one of the top athletes in the West region. He played both running back and corner a year ago and also returned two kickoffs for scores. The athlete has good closing speed, is very smart and is always around the football.
Tuesday was the final day college coaches can call a player until September and a couple of heavyweights waited until the final dayto make a strong, last impression.
"USC and Notre Dame both called and said they wanted to be the last school to talk to me," Ross said. "I like both a lot but neither has offered yet. USC said they're still watching me and with Notre Dame, it's a grade thing. I need to add a few more core classes because I was a little short in that area but I'm making it up and they said they're going to monitor me pretty closely and could offer down the line.
"In the last week, I received three new offers- Oklahoma, Oregon and Purdue. I was really excited about the offer from Oklahoma and that's a school I definitely plan to visit. In fact, the next time we talk, I'm going to set an official trip with them. I already have one to Nebraska for (Sept 2) and also want to visit Notre Dame as well.
"I'm in the process of narrowing my list down right now. The schools I'm really interested in are Nebraska, USC, Cal, Oklahoma, Washington, Arizona and Notre Dame. Cal hasn't offered either but I do like them a lot. I'm going to take an unofficial visit to Washington later this month with Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright. I think it will be the weekend of June 11, right when school is over. We're all friends and we talked recently about taking that trip together since they like Washington too."
As for being selected as one of the top 100 players in the country.
"Man, I couldn't believe it when I saw that this morning," Ross said. "That's exciting and something I worked hard for. It's a great honor and I was really excited when I saw it."
Ross will attend the final Nike camp in Eugene (Ore.) June 18 and then will take an unofficial visit to Oregon the following day.