From the time Dayvon Ross first stepped foot on Manual Arts High School’s football field in Los Angeles, California, everyone knew that they were witnessing what could be a very special player. The team itself wasn’t very good as they failed to win a single game during Ross’ senior season. Despite the fact that the team dramatically underperformed, Ross was on a mission. He was a rare bright spot on a team that really lacked talent. In his final season at Manual Art, Ross hauled in 67 balls for a total of 930 yards and eight touchdowns.
This brought the attention of multiple schools, including UCLA. For Ross, it was an easy decision. He would be able to play in the conference that he loved and he would get to stay and play in front of his family and friends. Due to the fact that he was missing some of his required classes, the NCAA deemed him ineligible, forcing him to put his dreams on hold.
In order to stay close to home, Ross attended L.A. Southwest College as a freshman. Following his freshman year at Southwest, Ross transferred to East L.A. College in order to focus more on his academics.
With Ross attending these small schools, he really needed a miracle to come his way. That miracle came when the University of Virginia offered him a football scholarship. With the chance to not only play in the ACC, but to play on a Division I football team, Ross gladly accepted the offer. But yet again, the NCAA stepped in the way of his dream. Ross was struck with the news that some of his online courses that he took were unable to transfer, deeming him academically ineligible yet again.
Due to his inability to play Division I football, Ross ended up settling in at Central State University – a Division II football program. Since he was playing at such a small school, Ross knew that he had to excel in his time there. In his senior season at Central, Ross caught 60 balls for a total of 926 yards and eight touchdowns. I also don’t want to forget to mention that he had sat out three games due to NCAA sanctions.
With his collegiate career now a thing of the past, Ross will be looking to use the next couple of months to boost his draft stock. We see it all the time; whether it is either a player from a small DI school or someone from a DII school, there is always that one player who slips by all the NFL scouts.
If you look at his physical ability, it is hard to argue that Ross doesn’t have what it takes in order to make a NFL team. Standing at six feet two inches and 210 pounds, Ross definitely has the body to be a NFL receiver. He is also quite quick on his feet, possessing well above average speed. Recently, he has been timed 4.5 on his 40 yard dash, however, he is heavily focusing on trying to better his time in order to help his draft stock. When I had asked him what is the main thing he wants to work on heading into the draft process he replied with, “Just speed. I feel everything is there, but you can never be too fast.”
Despite everything that has gone on over the past few years, Dayvon still possesses one trait that is very essential to have; confidence. “I bring a lot to the table,” Dayvon told me. He also believes that his game is a lot like Michael Crabtree. “We play the game alike, I’m just a little faster,” he said jokingly. If you were to ask me, I think Michael Crabtree is a pretty darn good player to compare yourself to.
It is still up in the air on whether or not Dayvon will be selected in this year’s NFL Draft. If he does get drafted it will definitely be in the later rounds of the draft. Even if he does go undrafted, don’t be surprised to see him sign with a team as an UDFA. I think we have learned by now that it doesn’t matter where you play football or where you get drafted. If you can play, you can play, no matter what and Dayvon Ross certainly can play.
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