The start of a recruiting dead period last week meant a little less noise among Bi-City prospects, but that’s not to say there were no interesting developments during that time.
Central rising senior Justyn Ross made the most of his trip to Oregon for Nike Football’s The Opening finals, making several big plays over the course of the multi-day event. The five-star wide receiver also made a cameo on the Instagram of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., which generated a buzz on social media.
Ross was asked by SEC Country which of his top five schools has the most appealing depth chart.
“Auburn, because I think that’s where they are lacking right now,” Ross said. “It does help them a lot because as a receiver, you always want to just come in and be able to compete for a spot right away.”
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Ross, who is considered the top rising senior in Alabama, also complimented the quarterbacks at those five schools, which are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Florida State.
“I think all of them have great quarterback situations,” Ross said. “You have (Jarrett Stidham) at Auburn, Tua (Tagovailoa) and Jalen (Hurts) at Alabama. Clemson has a good quarterback coming in with Trevor (Lawrence). Florida State has (Deondre) Francois.”
Northside linebacker Caleb Johnson has remained relatively quiet about his recruiting, but on July 5 he tweeted a photo of a Tennessee jersey with the last name “Johnson” on the back. In the tweet, Johnson wrote, “GBO (Go Big Orange)” and tagged Volunteers head coach Butch Jones and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen.
Johnson, a three-star linebacker, has not verbally committed or named his top schools. He boasts 12 FBS offers, including ones from Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Florida and LSU.
Columbus tight end Philip Adams picked up a scholarship offer from Birmingham-Southern. It is the rising senior’s first offer.
Manchester point guard Jah’Nile Hill will be participating in the Elite 32 tournament in Atlanta on July 14-16. It adds to what has been a busy summer for Hill, who was the Region 4-A Player of the Year and was named to the All-Bi-City 1A-3A Boys Basketball First Team for his efforts in the 2016-2017 season.
“I’m very excited about next week,” Hill said.
Harris County rising senior Jessika Carter is spending the week playing with North Carolina Zoom in the Run 4 the Roses tournament in Louisville, Ky. Carter is a highly sought after recruit who announced her top schools on May 12.
Jordan D. Hill: 770-894-9818, @lesports