Can Ross be flipped?

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland's O.J. Ross

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland receiver O.J. Ross is still getting a lot of attention despite his recent committment to Purdue. He talked about visiting other schools officially, and talked about two of them. Also, have most colleges backed off his recruitment since he pledge to Purdue? Ross talks about where he stands with the Boilermakers, and why he is visiting other schools.

Even after committing to Purdue, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland High receiver O.J. Ross said he will take other official visits, including one to Rutgers during the Dec. 5 game against West Virginia.

Despite his recent pledge to the Boilermakers, Ross there was a reason he was still going to visit Rutgers and North Carolina.

"I really like Purdue but I want to see what other schools are like,'' Ross said. "It's pretty solid right now with Purdue.''

Ross tripped to Purdue the weekend of Oct. 17, and he committed two weeks later.

But it hasn't deterred other schools from checking him out, and Ross acknowledges that is because he remains receptive to their inquiries. Mainland coach John Maronto said 15 schools were at the Buccaneers' 21-14 win Friday against DeLand (Fla.), including South Florida.

"He was pretty excited about (committing to Purdue) and he trusts the coaches, and enjoyed the people there,'' Maronto said. "I guess that's a good sign. But there's been all kinds of people coming to see him.''

Ross had three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in the win. He said he had 20 catches for 40 yards and eight touchdowns this season despite missing three games with a high ankle sprain.

"This is my third game back. I actually tweaked it again (Friday) night,'' Ross said. "It doesn't affect my cutting, but I tape my ankle every game. It was frustrating (sitting out). It was hard to take a loss, and I knew we would have won if I played.''

One of the things college recruiters love about Ross is his speed.

"He's a 4.4 (in the 40) kid. He's run in the 4.3s and all that stuff,'' Maronto said. "He's a big-time play-maker. He's a real skilled player. He's been healthy the last couple of week. He's playing well. He's just a good football player. He's smart.''

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