Exactly two weeks after offering five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, Clemson attracted him for a visit on Tuesday.
The premium talent from Central High in Phenix City, Ala., made the trip with his head coach, Jamey Dubose, who spoke with The Clemson Insider about their experience.
“He got to meet the wide receivers coach, coach (Jeff) Scott, and he met all the coaches,” Dubose said. “He got to spend a little time with coach (Dabo) Swinney and talk with him. He got to see the facilities and just get to know Clemson a little bit. It is one of the schools that he has interest in, and he wanted to go take a look at it.”
Dubose said both he and Ross were marveled by all that the new football operations facility has to offer.
“I think he enjoyed the whole thing,” Dubose said. “It had everything you want. He got to do the putt-putt golf and got to shoot basketball. He saw all the training facilities and the game rooms. He got to see the whole thing, and it was impressive. I think he was as impressed as I was with the facility also.”
After leaving campus, Ross took to his Twitter account and wrote, “I can honestly say that today was one of the best visits I’ve ever been on.”
Dubose believes Clemson’s excellent success on the field in recent years, and history of producing NFL receivers, stands out to Ross the most.
“Clemson has had a really good tradition of football over the last few years,” Dubose said. “Not just last year winning the national championship, but they’ve been on a string of successful seasons. They’ve had a lot of really good football players, and they’ve had a lot of really good wide receivers over the last few years. He was really interested in the offense and wanted to go take a look.”
Ross is ranked as a top-10 wide receiver and top-55 overall prospect in the 2018 class by all of the major recruiting services.
The 6-foot-4, 197-pounder touts offers from coast to coast, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Cal and Tennessee.
As a junior coming off a torn ACL suffered the previous season, Ross caught 38 passes for 663 yards and eight touchdowns. He recorded 34 receptions for 672 yards and seven scores as a sophomore.
“What everybody sees, they see a guy that’s got a lot of talent,” Dubose said. “He’s tall, he’s long, he can run routes extremely well if you watch him on film. Not only is he tall and long, but he’s a big physical guy. He makes plays, and he’s a guy that can come in and help you quick. I don’t think he’s a guy that you have to wait two or three years on — he’s a guy that can come into your program and he can be an impact player the first year.
“So, he’s impressive to a lot of guys. He’s got a lot of tools, and I think is going to be a guy that in three years, wherever he gets, will have the opportunity like a lot of the guys have at Clemson to leave early.”
Ross also went to Florida State in March and Auburn last weekend. Dubose said Clemson could get another visit as soon as June or July.
After his spring practice concludes, the plan for Ross is to begin narrowing down his recruitment by making a list of the schools he wants to see or see again.
He currently doesn’t have a timetable for a decision.
“I don’t think he’ll be in a big rush,” Dubose said. “He’s a guy that I think is a mature individual that will know what he wants and will take his time in making a decision on what he wants to do.
“He’s a team player. He’s a very humbled kid and does a great job, but at the end of the day, he’s a kid like many of them that has dreams and aspirations of going on to the next level, so he wants to position himself where he feels like he can go and play and move on.”