Hometown: Phenix City,
AL (Central HS)
ESPN: #74 Overall, #11 WR, #1 AL
#15 Overall, #2 WR, #1 AL
#101 Overall, #15 WR, #3 AL
Ross is a seventh 5-star-rated prospect to join Clemson's 2018 class. (Photo per Ross' Twitter account)
Clemson added a seventh 5-star-rated prospect to its 2018 class with the ESPN2-televised commitment of receiver Justyn Ross Wednesday afternoon.
The elite playmaker said during the announcement that Clemson felt like home.
"When I was up there, it just felt like family," Ross said. "Even though we were out of state, they made me and my family feel like it was home. That played a big part. It just felt like home."
Ross' relationship with Swinney was a huge factor in pushing the Tigers on top for his services.
"Just how down to earth he is. How involved he is with his players," Ross said. That means a lot to me. I want to have a great relationship with my head coach."
Ross also said Trevor Lawrence being on board with the class "made a great impact" on his decision.
He is a second 5-star receiver to join the Tigers’ 2018 group, in addition to South Pointe (S.C.)’s Derion Kendrick. Also on the offensive side, No. 1 overall prospect Trevor Lawrence anchors the class at quarterback, as well as 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman.
The Central High School (Ala.) product totaled 730 receiving yards in 37 catches with 13 touchdowns in his senior season.
Ross is the first No. 1 prospect in Alabama to leave the state since Jameis Winston in 2012.
Clemson has stockpiled the top rated 2018 player in six different states including Alabama, South Carolina, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia.
Ross’ commitment moves Clemson to fifth in 247Sports’ Composite rankings, and matches No. 1-rated Georgia for the number of 5-star signees currently.
More on Ross...
Justyn Ross - 5-star WR - Central HS (Ala.)
Commit since: 2/7/18
Recruiter: Jeff Scott and Todd Bates
Listed size: 6-4 201
Brings to Clemson: Ross is a special talent. He uses his size to go up and make plays, but he can also make a cut on a slant and leave a defender in his dust, which shows in his ability as a returner as well. Ross fits the mold and more of what Clemson builds on and sends to the pros with regularity.
Depth chart fit: Standing at 6-foot-4, Ross is an ideal fit for the boundary/9-man receiver, and with Deon Cain moving on, the opportunity is there for some meaningful playing time. Ross isn’t limited to the 9-man, however, and could move around to get on the field at the same time with talents like Tee Higgins.
Number to know: 19.7 - Ross’ yards per catch as a senior.