NFL: CSU WR Dayvon Ross Hopes to Make It Big in the NFL

Central State University wide receiver Dayvon Ross, who stands 6'1" and weighs 215 pounds, could possibly be the next unheralded star in the upcoming NFL Draft in April.

Jan 30 2014, 11:41pm CST | by

NFL: CSU WR Dayvon Ross Hopes to Make It Big in the NFL
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Central State University Marauders wide receiver Dayvon Ross could be the next unheralded NFL star. 

According to Charlie Disturco of, Ross stands 6'1" and can run the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds. Disturco sees Ross as a potential third- or fourth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. 

However, nothing has come easy for this star-in-the-making, per Disturco: 

"A long journey always has hardships along the road, but for Dayvon Ross, he deals with problems each and every day. Ross has the potential to be drafted to the NFL and is trying to do that no matter what or who tries to stop him. 

"Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Ross was no stranger to seeing gang violence and people using drugs on the street. 'It was tough growing up,' Dayvon said after recollecting about his childhood. 

"However, his mom, who acted as both the mother and the father for Ross, made sure he was off the streets and in school or out playing sports. Ross also had 10 siblings, so he played with them to keep off the streets.

"When Ross was about seven, he started playing football, and after 15 more years, he still does that." 

In a July 22, 2013 interview, Ross told Alex Khvatov of the UCLA Bruins were eyeing him but in the end, he didn't qualify for their football program because there were "classes that were missing from the requirements." 

That experience was a disheartening one for Ross, who told Khvatov he wanted a taste of real college life -- something which as not the case at junior college, which Ross describes as "high school all over again."

He also said his JUCO coach was particular only about wins and losses and not about the welfare of each individual player on his roster.

Ross then describes to Khvatov how his ordeal of looking for the ideal university and football program continued.

"I went the JUCO route and played first at L.A. Southwest College. Then I transferred to East L.A. community college. Then the University of Virginia appeared. They came to see me at a junior college and they liked me.

"I was doing well in spring ball. I signed with them. Two weeks after I signed, they told me that the ACC Conference didn't accept my online classes. I didn't get accepted. I stopped talking to a lot of college coaches since I committed to Virginia. I had to do my own recruiting at that time. I wanted to play football."  

He wound up at Central State University in Wilberforce, Oh. after its football coach, E.J. Junior, a former NFL Pro Bowler, proved to be different from the other coaches he spoke with because he stressed academics. After speaking with both Junior and his father, Ross committed to the CSU Marauders' program. 

He spoke about Junior's influence on his life in a conversation with The Los Angeles Wave's Ron Guild in March 2013: 

"It was a new experience being in Ohio, but I just felt comfortable with coach because he spoke to me as a man, I had never had a father figure in my life and he was that to me. He helped me grow up as a person and as a man." 

During his stint at CSU, Ross cites him winning Ohio's Wide Receiver of the Year award as his greatest accomplishment, per's Scott Porter.

In terms of his greatest memory at the school, he singles out scoring "the game-winning touchdown on a 50-yard streak" in a road game against the Urbana Blue Knights when he talked to's Jason Hirschhorn on Jan. 16.  

Now that Ross has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, he told Porter he's ready to compete with the best football players in the world:

"I feel like I am ready to go up against the top players in the game. I have good size, speed and strength. I am a good route runner and I run after the catch really well. I fell my game translates well to  the NFL level and I feel once I get there I can prove myself to the NFL." 

Ross, whose favorite team is the Green Bay Packers and favorite player is San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, has one message for young people like himself who are aspiring to achieve their dreams in life, according to Guild. 

"My message is to never give up on a dream. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it. I'm living proof." 

Hirschhorn confirms Ross will be at the NFL regional combine in Chicago, Ill. on March 15. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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