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Updated Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Huskies get commitment from WR John Ross

By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter

It's the first weekend of January, so it's also time for high school players to announce college commitments on television during national all-star games.

And Washington was represented Friday night when wide receiver John Ross of Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif., said during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl that he will sign with UW.

Ross, listed at from 5-feet-9, 165 pounds on the bowl's website, also considered UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State before deciding on UW, choosing a Washington hat out of several on a table.

He is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and three stars by Rivals.com.

He took his official visit to UW last month and becomes the 21st public commitment for UW's Class of 2013.

He is also the fourth commit listed as a receiver, joining Darrell Daniels of Oakley, Calif., Demore'ea Stringfellow of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Sammie Long of Lakes High.

In an interview on the NFL Network, telecasting the game, Ross said he chose UW because "I feel at home and there are so many players I know there and I am comfortable with the coaches and the environment."

Ross was the only player in the game to commit to UW. WR/TE Thomas Duarte of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, who had been considering UW, chose UCLA instead.

UW could add another player Saturday at the U.S. Army Game in San Antonio when defensive end Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif., makes his decision. He has UW among his finalists and many recruiting analysts have predicted he will pick the Huskies.

Commitments are not binding until letters of intent are signed on Feb. 6.

Several other players who had already committed to UW also played in the game, including Daniels, who had a touchdown catch in the first half.

Others committed to UW who played in the game were defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, defensive end Daeshon Hall and offensive linemen Dane Crane and Sean Harlow.

Stringfellow, meanwhile, played in the Under Armour All-America Game Friday afternoon.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @bcondotta.


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