A big Friday in recruiting for Shane Beamer and his USC football program. They add a commitment from a future quarterback and follow that with a commitment from a safety who can play for them this season. Washington State transfer Tyrese Ross (6-2 181) committed to Beamer after a conversation with him and other coaches Friday, including defensive coordinator Clayton White and secondary coach Torrian Gray. He chose the Gamecocks over North Carolina and UCF.
“It came down to a couple of schools,” Ross said. “Coach White and the rest of the staff emphasized how much they wanted me and the need for me. Coach White reached out earlier this week and also today. I also talked to coach Gray and coach Beamer. They all reached out today just to say how excited they were to have me and I committed on the spot.”
Ross is regarded as a hard-hitting safety. He only played in one game in 2020 starting and recorded two tackles against Oregon. In 2019, he played in all 13 games and had 33 tackles and one forced fumble.
“They mentioned my aggressiveness and physicality,” Ross said. “My ability to come down hill and make tackles. Also, being a leader and a vocal guy. We didn’t talk about me playing one position because I played the strong and the free. They definitely emphasized me being able to make those tackles and those open field plays.”
The Gamecocks certainly have needs in the secondary in both depth and talent. Ross knows there’s opportunities for him them, but he doesn’t want anything handed to him.
“I’m a type of guy who wants to earn your trust and your loyalty. I’m not looking for anybody to butter me up,” Ross said. “I just want to be a part of the family. However, I can do that at any position, that’s what I’m willing to do.”
Ross is a native of Jacksonville. He started his high school career there and finished at Westlake High in Atlanta. He will have three years of eligibility with the Gamecocks.