John Ross wasn’t ready for it to end.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan tried to talk about what it was like to play his final high school football game. He tried to sum up a season that fell short of the playoffs.
“We didn’t get to make the playoffs,” Ross said. “It went pretty good, just a horrible ending.”
The frustration in his voice was clear despite a cellphone connection that cut out at times. He struggled to find the words to explain his feelings.
“That was my last game,” Ross said.
At least the senior went out with a win, beating Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson, 28-0. The Panthers lost a coin-flip tiebreaker that kept them out of the playoffs.
Now that the season is done, Ross will focus on figuring out his college football future.
“It’s going pretty good,” he said, when asked about the recruiting process. “It’s moving really slow, as I wish it to be. I didn’t want to really pay too much attention to it until after the season ended.”
During the season, Ross took an unofficial visit to Washington. He also took an official to Oregon for the Ducks’ 52-21 win over the Huskies.
“It was pretty good,” Ross said. “I liked everything up there, the facilities, the coaches, the players, the atmosphere, the academics.”
Ross said he has yet to schedule his official visit to Washington, but the Huskies remain high on his list.
“I’m very interested in them,” he said.
He is planning on taking an official visit to Oregon State on Nov. 23, which is the weekend of the Civil War game between the Beavers and the Oregon Ducks.
“I’m looking forward to that,” he said.