Recent Miami Hurricanes oral commitment Ahman Ross was back in South Florida on Friday night just six days after committing to UM following its win against Nebraska.
Ross, the three-star junior safety out of Jacksonville Bolles, played his part in stopping a high-powered Deerfield Beach offense in a 33-15 win.
The 5-11, 190-pound defensive back reassured that his commitment is “100 percent solid.” His one other offer thus far has come from FSU, and Ohio State has been another school showing interest.
Ross said that since Sept. 1 — the date that college coaches were able to begin contacting 2017 recruits via direct messages on Twitter — Miami coach Al Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio have been persistent in reaching out to him.
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“They were telling me that they really wanted me in ‘Squad 17,’ ” said Ross, alluding to the nickname that has emerged for UM’s 2017 recruiting class. “It was an honor. It’s great being a Cane.”
What the Canes would be getting in Ross is a physical, sure-tackling safety who also can cover. He often plays inside the box to support the run, and was seen in the nickel whenever Deerfield was in a three-receiver set.
“I think I’m prouder of him with what he’s done as a person and how he’s matured, and I think his best days are in front of him as far as a football player,” Bolles coach Corky Rogers said of Ross, who has started on his team since freshman year.
On top of football, Ross likes the educational aspect of UM.
“It’s a private school. I attend a private school as well,” Ross said. “Easier transition, and the school overall — it’s small class sizes. I can be one-on-one with the teachers, so I can excel in sports and academics.”
Ross wants to major in communications, and said that after his football-playing days are over, he will strive to be on TV as a sports broadcaster.
Although he did not visit UM on this trip to South Florida (the Coral Gables campus is still 46 miles south of Deerfield Beach High), he said he plans on attending the Hurricanes’ home game against Clemson on Oct. 24.
UM GETS 2017 QB
Ross was UM’s most recent commit — until Saturday. The Canes received a commitment from three-star junior dual-threat quarterback N’Kosi Perry out of Ocala Vanguard.
Perry had other offers from Virginia Tech, Alcorn State and Florida A&M.
“It had been sitting on my mind for a while now, and in my heart, I felt it was time to make a decision,” said Perry, who stands 6-3 and 170 pounds. “The coaches are also very welcoming and I feel very comfortable with my decision.”
PIECE OF THE PIE
Alabama and Michigan remain the top two programs vying for the services of Miami High wide receiver Keyshawn “Pie” Young, who is ranked the No. 2 senior prospect in Miami-Dade by the Miami Herald.
Georgia is a team that’s emerging outside his top two. For now, Young is planning a visit to Michigan in the coming weeks and another trip to Alabama.
Young plans on making a final decision in December.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Coconut Creek four-star wide receiver Binjimen Victor visited West Virginia and attended Saturday’s home game in Morgantown against Maryland. A day earlier, Fort Lauderdale Dillard three-star linebacker Kenneth Ruff was in attendance at Virginia’s home loss to Boise State.
▪ According to Miami Herald correspondent Mark Singer, who was at Pembroke Pines Flanagan’s game Friday, four-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr. will wait until the offseason to make a decision on his college choice. Also, three-star safety and Michigan commit Devin Gil, who was once committed to Miami, said there’s “no chance” he returns to the Canes, and junior four-star cornerback Stanford Samuels is keeping Florida State, Alabama and Georgia as his top three, with Michigan creeping into the mix.