AUBURN | Justyn Ross likes what he has seen so far from Auburn’s offense, and he’s had more than one look.
Ross, a five-star wide receiver from Central-Phenix City, visited Auburn again on Saturday, his third visit to the Plains this spring, and saw the increased number of passes under new coordinator Chip Lindsey during a 55-play scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“They looked real good,” Ross said. “I saw how Coach Lindsey is opening it up. They are throwing it a lot. (The quarterbacks) looked real good, too. The freshman (Malik Willis) and (Jarrett) Stidham looked real good. It should be a fun year for them.”
For a wide receiver recruit, a successful passing game led by capable quarterbacks are necessities when choosing a college. It’s no different for Ross.
“It’s real important,” Ross said. “That puts (Auburn) in a better spot. They wouldn’t be where they are right now if they weren’t throwing the ball like they are.”
Ross wants to see more of the Tigers’ new offense, and will next Saturday as he plans to return for Auburn’s A-Day game. He also will get another chance to meet with the coaches, with whom he’s developed strong bonds.
“It was a lot of fun just hanging out with the coaches (Saturday),” Ross said. “Me and Coach (Kodi) Burns talk probably every day. Him and (Alabama coach Derrick) Ansley recruit me the hardest.”
Auburn and Alabama each have an extra recruiter/former teammate in their corner. Auburn has John Broussard, a former standout cornerback at Central. Alabama has former Central linebacker Markail Benton.
Broussard is in his second spring at Auburn; Benton signed with the Tide in February.
“Benton is recruiting me harder because I’m with him every day,” Ross said. “But it doesn’t really matter because at the end of the day I’m going to make the best decision for me.”
Ross doesn’t plan to make a decision anytime soon, and could wait until Signing Day in February. He doesn’t list any top schools and likely won’t until later in the process.
Auburn, however, is expected to make the first cut.
“The people, and having relationships with everyone around here,” Ross said of what he likes most about Auburn. “That’s important if it’s going to be my home for the next 3-4 years.”
Ross, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 195 pounds, is ranked the No. 3 receiver in the 2018 class, the No. 1 player in Alabama and No. 19 in the Rivals100. He plans to visit Clemson one day next week before returning to Auburn.