Jeremi Ross is recognized by Pacific conference
by Jorge Belon
No. 4 on the Valley College football team is cornerback Jeremi Ross. He may not be a guy who says much on the field, but he can easily be spotted sporting a golden faux-hawk.
“He is a person that leads by example,” said head coach Larry Kerr. “He keeps to himself, but he works hard in practice and the rest of the team respects him.”
Ross is a Hollywood High Sheik prospect who never envisioned his life revolving around a game.
The former Sheik grew up in a home for troubled youth. But it was there that he received motivation from a friend who encouraged him to try out for the school team his sophomore year in high school.
“When I was 15 years old, a friend who lived at my home went to high school with me,” said Ross. “He told me to try out for the football team at Hollywood High, and so I did.”
Ross made the team as a cornerback, but he could only stay on the team if he would improve his grades.
“Before I started to play football, I was straight ‘F’ student in high school,” said Ross. “I had never even thought of going to college.”
Ross, who once didn’t even give college a thought, now is hopeful of going to play for a Division 1 school and—if possible—the NFL.
“Universities like Colorado, Utah State and Troy are interested in him,” said Kerr.
“Those are a few of the schools that come to mind.”
Ross’ work ethic on the field has been noticed not only by the Monarch coaching staff, but also by the Pacific Conference this season.
In Valley’s loss against the San Bernardino Vaqueros, he was named the Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The former Shiek received the award due to his performance against Santa Barbara Sept. 28. Ross accumulated eight tackles, seven assist tackles, two pass deflections, one interception, one caused fumble, and returning a blocked field goal for 50 yards.
“Jeremi’s performance was recognized by the conference even with us losing the game, which is not usual,” said Kerr.
In four games played this season, Ross has a total of 30 tackles and has broken up seven passes, one interceptions and one forced fumble.
“By the end of the season, I want to finish with 85 tackles and six interceptions,” said Ross. “I also want to improve my ability to read the game.”
For the NFL hopeful, football will always have a different meaning.
“If it was not for football,” said Ross. “I would not be here today.”