As had been widely expected, wide receiver John Ross of Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif., said tonight during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl that he will sign with UW.
Ross, who is listed at from 5-9 to 5-11 and 175 pounds, is rated four stars by Scout.com and three stars by Rivals.com. He had also been considering UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State. He took his official visit to UW last month and becomes the 21st public commitment for UW’s Class of 2013. He is the fourth listed as a receiver joining Darrell Daniels of Oakley, Calif., Demore’ea Stringfellow of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Sammie Long of Lakes High.
In an interview on the NFL Network, telecasting the game, Ross said he chose UW because “I feel at home and there are so many players I know there and I am comfortable with the coaches and the environment.”
Ross was the only player in the game to commit to UW. WR/TE Thomas Duarte of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, who had been considering UW, chose UCLA instead.
UW could add another player tomorrow at the U.S. Army Game when DE Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif., makes his decision. He has UW among his finalists.
Here’s some of what the ESPN.com scouting report says about Ross:
Ross is a dynamic athlete with great quickness and ball skills. He could get recruited on either side of the ball and contribute on special teams as a return and coverage guy as well. He lacks size — he has a smaller frame without much bulk and strength — and that raise durability concerns. However, he guy can scoot, is slippery and extremely difficult to break down on and wrap up in space. … He is quicker than fast. He also needs to get bigger in order to effectively press and set the edge as a run supporter where his game is weak right now. Overall, Ross is an exciting prospect with valued playmaker skills and versatility and could contribute early in some facet.