The pressure of the recruiting process is mounting for five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, who is closing in on his college decision.
The Phenix City (Ala.) Central standout is just eight days away from announcing his school of choice on Feb. 7, National Signing Day. He will pick between his top three of Clemson, Alabama and Auburn.
It is a stressful time for Ross, who is struggling with the looming decision according to his head coach at Central, Jamey DuBose.
“He told me today that he was confused and just needed now to step back and try to put it all together with his family,” DuBose told The Clemson Insider. “And I think that is what they’re doing after this week is they’re going to spend the weekend and the first part of next week trying to come to a decision.”
Ross (6-4, 200) is done with recruiting trips, having taken official visits to Alabama, Auburn and Clemson. He went to Alabama two weeks ago and Auburn this past weekend. Clemson got his first official visit the weekend of The Citadel game in November.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and a couple of assistants are scheduled to stop by Ross’s school on Wednesday before going in-home with him the same day.
“I know Clemson has done an outstanding job recruiting him,” DuBose said. “They’ve been there since the first and done a great job, and I know it’s going to be a tough choice for him no matter what. But Clemson is high on list, just as I’m sure all of them are.”
Alabama head coach Nick Saban used his in-home visit with Ross last Thursday, while Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is expected to go in-home with Ross on Friday.
Ross’s signing day announcement will be carried live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. Alabama and Clemson are the perceived frontrunners, with Auburn believed to be trailing them.
Ross is ranked by Rivals as the No. 2 wide receiver and No. 15 overall prospect in the 2018 class.