- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
When John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) was in Seattle for Washington’s Rising Stars Camp last summer, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete said the Huskies made him feel like part of the family.
Whether he was on the field with Troy Williams, the program’s quarterback commit, or spending time with one of his former teammates who currently plays for Washington, Ross knew the Huskies would be a good fit.
His cousin and high school teammate, 2014 receiver Rahshead Johnson, enjoyed the trip to the camp so much he gave the university a verbal commitment before returning to California.
But Ross wanted to make sure he weighed all his options. The Huskies always remained at the top of his list. After taking his time, the four-star standout gave the program a verbal commitment Friday at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Ross becomes the latest addition to a very good group of receivers the Huskies have in their 2013 recruiting class. The senior joins four-star standouts Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), rated the No. 9 receiver in the nation, and Darrell Daniels, rated the No. 19 receiver. Washington also has a commitment from Sammie Long (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes), a three-star prospect.
The Huskies were looking to land playmakers at the receiver position in their current class, and this group has a ton of talent. They are expected to compete for playing time early, and will complement Kasen Williams -- he will be a junior next season -- and young receivers like Jaydon Mickens.
Like Stringfellow and Daniels, Ross has the kind talent to contribute early in his career. He was one of Washington’s top targets throughout this recruiting cycle. In addition to his talent, he should also help the Huskies keep their commitment from Johnson, which will allow the cousins to reunite in college.
Known for his versatility and ball skills, Ross picked Washington over UCLA and Oregon. The Huskies and Bruins have gone head-to-head on many of the West Coast’s top prospects. Adding Ross is a significant win for Washington in this growing recruiting rivalry.