John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) never expected to receive this much attention.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound receiver has been surprised by all of the calls from college coaches and reporters. He knew he was a talented football player, but he recently told his father, "Dad, I didn’t realize I was that big.”
“It’s amazing how fast and how quickly you can develop and your name can just blow up from being nothing to something,” he said. “It’s just a blessing.”
As humble as he is talented, the four-star recruit spent the weekend on an official visit to Washington.
“It was good, really good,” he said. “I had a good time. I feel like what you see is what you get out there. I’ve been up there four times -- three unofficially and one official -- and it’s been the same. I like that. The coaches are the same. Nothing changes. The players act the same.”
Ross was hosted by former Jordan standout John Timu, one of three players on Washington’s roster who played for the Panthers. Ross said it was nice to spend time with familiar faces.
“It’s a plus,” he said. “I’m very comfortable about them being there. We have a good time every time I come. We sit down, we talk and we have fun. I feel like that’s what it’s all about. You’re supposed to have fun and stay on the right track. I feel like, with the environment there, I will.”
When asked if he spent most of his time with specific visitors, Ross said he tried to hang out with all of them.
“We all had a good time, honestly,” he said. “Every guy that was up there, we had a really good time.”
As he winds down the recruiting process, Ross plans to visit UCLA this weekend before taking one final trip.
“I’ll have one more trip after this one this week and, after the all-star games, I’ll make my decision,” he said. “Once I take all my trips, I’ll make sure I know exactly what I want in a school.”
When asked if he has a favorite, Ross said, “Everyone is on top right now.”
One school will separate itself soon. Ross is ready for the process to end.
“I’m actually getting tired of it,” he said. “It’s been a lot. Sometimes it can be stressful. Sometimes it can be fun. Right now, I’m trying to get it over with.”