AUBURN | Cental-Phenix City's Justyn Ross had been told by the Auburn coaches that the new offense would include more passing, and the five-star wide receiver got to see first-hand on Saturday that they were telling the truth.
Ross was one of many top recruits in the crowd at Auburn’s A-Day game, which included a combined 511 yards passing between the two offenses.
“I actually saw them do what they said they were going to do,” Ross said. “It was very important to me to see it. It's why I made it a priority to be here.”
Ross watched as sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham completed 16-of-20 passes for 267 yards. He saw freshman Malik Willis finish 8-of-12 for 111 yards.
“I liked what I saw; I liked it a lot,” Ross said. “They were throwing it around a lot. They have really strong arms and the receivers made a lot of plays.”
Sophomore receiver Nate Craig-Myers, who caught five passes for 154 yards, also caught Ross’ attention. So did Marqus McClain, the redshirt freshman receiver who had a 69-yard touchdown catch.
Ross didn’t travel to Auburn only for the game. He spent time throughout the day with Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns and hung out with Auburn quarterback commitment Joey Gatewood.
It was Ross’ fourth visit to Auburn since January, and a fifth one is planned for June 3.
“I’ll be back or (Big Cat),” Ross said.
Rivals ranks Ross, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 195 pounds, the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2018 class, the No. 1 player in Alabama and No. 19 in the Rivals100.