It didn’t end well for Ykili Ross as Southern Cal.
After two starts and 24 games played, Ross left USC last fall after his playing time became an issue. Ross missed the majority of the Trojan’s 2018 fall camp with a hamstring injury. When he did get on the field, practice didn’t go well, with effort and attitude issues throughout USC preparation. Ross refutes the widely reported incidents, so there are two sides to every story. “To those that have adopted the narrative that I am disruptive, start fights, have no passion for the game, etc.,” Ross wrote. “I have never started any fights nor got into any crazy incidents, no cops, no trouble.”
He announced his exit from USC and took the time to take a last parting shot at Clay Helton and his staff. Via Twitter, he let it be known that he felt “it is best to continue my journey and pursue a masters degree at a university that will accept all that Ykili Ross brings to the table.” He nailed that third person landing.
Ross was a big time prospect coming out of Riverside Poly in 2015, rated the No. 74 overall recruit and the No. 7 cornerback, according to the 247Sports Composite. Ross chose USC over offers from Arizona State, Notre Dame, Miami, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Washington, among others.
He famously announced his commitment to USC by saying he was spending the “three years at USC” insinuating he was on the fast track to the NFL. Ross was right, he did leave USC after three seasons, but he’s heading to UTEP instead of a signing bonus.
The Miners look to replace departed safety Kahani Smith and Ross might fill those shoes. He’s expected to start practicing with his new squad tomorrow.