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Ross keeps on working at USC

Academy League Male Athlete of the Year is a preferred walk-on practicing with Trojans' football team.

August 09, 2011|By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com

Taylor Ross accomplished a great deal in his four years at Sage Hill School. Now, he's taking the next step at USC.

Ross, who was a football standout and multi-sport athlete at Sage, is one of only two non-scholarship freshmen who were recently added to USC's football team roster. As such he was invited to the Trojans' preseason camp.

For more than a week, Ross has been competing for a spot. He's listed as No. 47, and as a 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback.

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Ross starred at Sage Hill, and gained interest to be a walk-on for other programs such as SMU, Rice and Tulane. But Ross went to USC as a preferred walk-on.

He'll have to work hard to stay with the Trojans' program. But Ross is no stranger to hard work.



FOR THE RECORD:
An earlier version of this story should have said Taylor Ross was among a select few who earned 12 varsity letters at Sage Hill


He earned 12 varsity letters at Sage Hill, where he was named the school's Male Athlete of the Year. Few others in Sage's 10-year history have earned as many varsity letters. Ross did it in football, soccer and lacrosse. He was a team captain in each sport.

Ross was also named the Academy League Male Athlete of the Year. He had a banner year in football.

He was named the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,869 yards and 26 touchdowns. The two marks set single-season records at Sage Hill. The yards and touchdowns also ranked Ross third and second in Orange County.

Ross was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools second team as a multi-purpose pick, running back, defensive back and kicker.

The accolades did not stop there.

He was also All-CIF Southern Section East Valley Division, and was named the Academy League Offensive MVP.

Ross helped the Lightning (8-3, 2-1 in league) qualify for the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs for the second straight year.

Now he's pushing his body to the limit trying to earn a spot at USC.

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