Scout.com’s No. 17 ranked cornerback and four-star prospect David Ross (6-1, 185, 4.5), from Compton Dominguez (Calif.), says Nebraska slightly leads over Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. All have offered, except Michigan.
"Nebraska is recruiting me the hardest," Ross said. "I talk to Coach Bill Callahan every week. I took my official visit to Nebraska on October 20. They're recruiting me as a cornerback and say I have a chance to play early. I really like the coaches there. They are up-front and honest. They don't just tell you what you want to hear.
"Nebraska was the first to plan a visit and make an offer. It just shows me that they need and want me. I plan to go where I'm needed and wanted me the most--unless Michigan calls.
"Michigan is in the number two spot. They are my dream school," he said. "I was supposed to go on an official visit but the coaches kind of dropped the ball. I haven't heard from any of the coaches in a while. I love everything about Michigan. They have a great program. Their fans are out of control and they have one of the best facilities--from what I hear. I really like everything about them. If the Wolverines would call me, I'd jump on it. Distance wouldn't even be a factor.
"I'm visiting Oregon on January 19. Coach Don Pellum (linebackers) says that he's excited to have me visit and would love for me to play for the Ducks. Marvin Johnson (cornerback) went to high school with me and we talk all the time. He gives me great advice and answers all my questions about Oregon. I trust him, we played our whole lives together, starting with Pop Warner.
"Washington is recruiting me for cornerback and safety," Ross said. "My official visit is January 5. If I were smart I'd go to Washington. I would almost definitely get to play early--that's very important to me. All their defensive backs are leaving this year. It would be the perfect school to showcase my talents and then advance to the NFL. But, I have a love for Michigan--what can I say?
"Oregon State would be my last trip. I'm definitely taking all five trips. I started out talking to the Beavers all the time. Then I lost my cell phone. One of the coaches came to my school--even though we didn't talk, he ended up calling again. I'm talking to Oregon State every week now. We're planning an official visit. Anthony Wheat-Brown (wide receiver) is a friend of mine. We talk often. He has great things to say about Oregon State. I pretty much only know what he tells me though.
"I went on a visit to Colorado on November 11. They were nice and I liked the school but I'm not planning on playing with the Buffaloes. I can't say exactly why. It just didn't feel right," he said.
"USC was my childhood favorite, but my mom likes the Nebraska coaches a lot. My uncle tells her that I'm the one who has to spend four years at a school and to let me decide. He tells me not to get caught up in what my mom says about the schools. He wants me to choose the best school for me.
"Most of my official visits are late because I'm still playing in the semifinals. I'm looking forward to making a decision after I attend all my official visits," Ross said.
Partial senior (13-1) stats: 25 tackles/4 interceptions; 700 yds throwing/6 touchdowns rushing and 5 throwing.
Ross reports a 2.5 core GPA and did not disclose his ACT score.