Add John Ross of Jordan High School in Long Beach, California to the robust Class of 2013, as he has verbally committed to play wide receiver for Coach Sarkisian. He made his decision tonight at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and though the announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise, it is still noteworthy in that it represents the addition of even more skill position talent in the Class of 2013. While Rivals rates Ross a three-star recruit, Scout awards him four stars, so he is certainly considered an above average player. That is made clear by his offers from UCLA, Oregon, and Arkansas.
In the same game, Washington also missed out on Thomas Duarte, the Mater Dei tight end, who announced his commitment to UCLA, thought to be the primary competitor with the Huskies. He was also a fringe 3-star to 4-star recruit that would have been a great addition to the class, but Washington already has a tight end in this class and has a chance for several others of similarly high caliber.
In the Army All-American Bowl is Joe Mathis, the highly talented defensive end that was once committed to Washington before he opened up his recruitment. He hasn’t given his commitment back to the Huskies yet, but he has indicated that they remain the frontrunners and that he will make his decision in the future.