September 23, 2006

USC game means more for Devin Ross

Like the other players from Southern California on Arizona's roster, today's game against USC means a little more for Devin Ross than most of his teammates.

Ross, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., chose Arizona on Jan. 27, 2006 after one of the most memorable and dramatic recruitments in recent UA history. At times it looked like Ross would end up close to home at either UCLA or USC, but in the end, he chose the Wildcats.

Arizona wasn't only trying to land Ross though. Two of his best friends - and fellow Rivals100 members - were Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright, who both ended up at USC.

While the Wildcats courted Bradford, he never showed a significant amount of interest in return. Arizona led for Wright at times, but he eventually decided to stay close to home.

Ross is looking forward to playing against both Trojans today.

"I'm really excited because I have a lot of friends on the team," said Ross. "I'm really excited to play against them. Shareece and I discussed playing here together and he liked Arizona a lot. I guess he just changed his mind at the last second."

Arizona's loss was USC's gain because Wright has the potential to be one of the nation's most dynamic players in the years to come. Fortunately for the UA coaches, they landed Ross, who is loaded with potential at the defensive back position.

USC was on Ross from the beginning but tailed off before trying to land him one last time at the end.

"They were there but I missed one of their camps so they pulled out a little bit," Ross said. "They came back towards the end of my recruitment. They offered me and wanted me to take a visit there, but I just decided not to because I already knew I was going to be a Wildcat."

Ross is now a freshman at Arizona and working hard to see any playing time he can get. He's mostly been featured on special teams so far this season, but feels as if he's continuously improving his game and should see more playing time soon.

"My playing time should increase," said Ross. "I'll get in more at corner. Right now I'm just playing special teams but I'm learning more everyday so I'll start getting in at cornerback a lot more.

"I like it here and I'm getting enough playing time. Whenever the coaches need me to play, I'm there. Right now I'm just working hard and doing what I can do to help out."

In the future, Devin Ross will be doing much more than helping out for Arizona. For now, he's just looking forward to making an impact against USC.

"I can't wait," says Ross.

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