With 6 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in the National Championship game Against the historic blue blood program from your home state. The same program that Justyn Ross turned down just a year earlier in favour of the now National Champion Clemson Tigers. Ross is used to being the centre of attention. The number one recruit in his home state of Alabama exploded on to the college football landscape this last season. His partnership with fellow freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence led the Tigers to the national title in a historic season.
A Phenomenal Year
With exactly 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns in his freshman season. Ross singled himself out as one of the most talented receivers of his class. His 6’4 frame and wild catch radius make him a dynamite weapon. Ross can make every play from the receiver play book and his ability to take a slant to the house has shades of Odell Beckham Jr. Add in a nasty jump cut that will make any defender miss in space and you have one of the brightest young prospects in the college game.
Ross excelled as a multi-sport athlete in high school and that can be seen in the way he plays the game of football. From elite body control on contested catches to fabulous run after catch ability, Ross has all the tools to be a number one guy for years to come. The rest of the ACC should be on notice, because to have any chance against Clemson in the next three seasons you’re going to need to shut down Ross.
Proving He Belongs
Ross isn’t eligible for the NFL Draft until 2021. This may mean he flies slightly under the radar with such a deep group of senior and junior receivers playing this season. However a kind schedule and a phenom under centre could lead to Ross having a huge year. I don’t think he is quite on the same level as Jerry Jeudy and Ceedee Lamb yet. But Ross isn’t far off warranting inclusion in that elite tier. A big year at the head of what is likely to be one of the nations most explosive offences.
I’d expect Ross to be among the finalists for the Biletnikoff award, well in with a chance of winning it. Although I imagine the season will end with him falling just short of the receivers with NFL Draft ambitions in 2020. It probably won’t be all bad though, Ross is almost a certainty to go over 1,000 yards and it would be a shock if the Tigers weren’t contesting the National Championship game in New Orleans in January.
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