Four-star wide receiver John Ross out of Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan took in his first junior day of 2012 on Sunday and it was to the campus of UCLA. Already with an offer in hand, Ross had a chance to see the campus up close and personal for the first time and he came away very impressed.
John Ross was an all-purpose performer as a junior.
“I got to see the facilities and take a tour of the campus,” Ross said. “It was good. I liked it. That was my first time actually being there. It is a very big campus. It’s different from USC’s campus. It’s bigger. It’s got great views, great facilities, nice buildings.”
Along with the campus, Ross came away very impressed with the people as well. The elite wide receiver had a chance to meet with offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, wide receivers coach Eric Yarber and several of the staff members. He also sat down for some one-on-one time with head coach Jim Mora Jr.
“Coach Mora, I like the kind of coach he is,” Ross said. “He’s very influential. Everything about him, everything he says, I believe. And he has a great heart.”
Another meeting that really stood out to Ross was the talk he had with his position coach, Eric Yarber, a fellow native of Los Angeles hailing from Crenshaw High School.
“My position coach, Coach Yarber, he’s a very good coach,” he said. “I can kind of connect with him because he’s from the same area as me.”
The afternoon left catapulted UCLA to the top of Ross’ list.
“They’re actually at the top of my list,” he said of UCLA. “They’re in the top three. I’m looking at them. It’s a fit for me. I can play there. I feel like I can come in there and be a help for them. I’m still going to weight my options after going there today and seeing the staff and the campus, but they’re looking good right now.”
The other two schools that Ross listed in his top three along with UCLA are Cincinnati and Washington.
“Washington has always been there for me,” he said. “They’ve been talking to me for a long time and I know those coaches personally too. Cincinnati, I like the offense that they run. It’s a great fit for me and it’s a pretty good league. I know that’s a crazy offense.”
Along with offers from his top three, Ross also holds verbals from the likes of Colorado, Colorado State, Utah State and San Diego State, He is currently rated as the No. 20 wide receiver in the country and the No. 18 prospect in the state of California.