Seven Schools Stick out to Ross

Seven Schools Stick out to Ross

Even with scholarship space dwindling in the 2013 recruiting class, Wisconsin's coaching staff is still pushing for high-quality talent, such as four-star Long Beach (CA) receiver John Ross.

MADISON - With few spots remaining in its 2013 recruiting class, it appears that the Badgers are still looking at possibly taking another wide receiver.

Long Beach (CA.) Jordan senior John Ross has been on the radar for Wisconsin quite some time now and the Badgers seem to be turning up the heat for the playmaker following his senior season.

"I had an OK season despite the fact that my team couldn't enter the playoffs," Ross told Badger Nation. "I honestly never kept up with my stats because I am way more into team play than anything. I rather catch no passes or touchdown, but contribute to my team and get the win. I have improved over the season. I focus on catching the ball more and my route running ability."

While Ross – a four-star receiver ranked No.28 in the country by Scout.com - has put recruiting on the back burner, he is now looking over his dozens of offers and seeing which schools are sticking out to him.

"It has been going OK," said Ross. "I don't pay too much attention to recruiting. I like to stay more focused in school, so I hold off a lot of calls and planning most trips. I have over 20 offers (but) my coach says it's more than that, but he never tells me all the schools.

"The ones that stick out to me the most are Oregon, Washington, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Washington State and UCLA."

Although he has Wisconsin as one of the seven schools sticking out to him, the 5-11, 170-pound Ross, who runs a 4.38 40-yard dash, is still learning about the school, the program and the coaching staff.

"I don't know (anything) about Wisconsin, actually," admitted Ross. "I do not know who is actually recruiting me, (because) I get calls from more than one coach. I've heard, however, they have good coaches and it is a nice program. The football atmosphere out there is amazing and it is a football town as well. I will cut my list around the end of December and possibly decide by the start of January."

Growing up a fan of nearby USC and idolizing Reggie Bush growing up, Ross had modeled his game after former Florida tailback Chris Rainey and current Oregon tailback De'Anthony Thomas, as he is able to play both in the backfield, in the slot and can be used as a utility in an offense.

A little over two months until national signing day, Ross is laying out his visit plans.

"I do plan on taking all five of my official visits," said Ross. "I don't know where at yet, but I will soon."

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