By JOHN LIKANJE
Former Section V star Justus Ross-Simmons will continue his athletic career at the collegiate level. The dual athlete senior announced his commitment to play football at the University of Nevada via Twitter, Sunday night.
— Justus Ross-Simmons (@ross_justus) September 13, 2021
Ross-Simmons spent the past two seasons at East High School where he excelled both on the basketball court and football field. Although he was an integral cog of a varsity basketball core which dominated for back-to-back sectional titles in 2020 and 2021, the former Eagles star was even better on the gridiron as a wide receiver and running back. As a sophomore, Ross-Simmons was third on the team with 259 receiving yards, tied for third with five touchdowns and fourth with 102 rushing yards. His elite catching and running ability helped the 2019 Eagles explode for 37.3 points per game and reel off eight consecutive victories en route to the sectional final and an 8-2 record.
This past spring, Ross-Simmons was able to step up and unleash his full arsenal with the graduation of Freddie Brock, who had led the team in rushing, return yards and scoring. As a junior, Ross-Simmons paced the Eagles with 437 rushing yards, 267 receiving yards, 41 tackles, seven touchdowns, five pass deflections, five tackles for loss and three sacks. Of his seven touchdowns, five came through the air and two on the ground. Ross-Simmons led the Eagles to averages of 457.9 yards per game and 29.3 points en route to another sectional final appearance and a 5-2 record in a shortened season. This included a 26-0 semifinals victory over Irondequoit in which Ross-Simmons registered 102 receiving yards, 85 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, one strip sack touchdown, seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
Currently, Ross-Simmons is in his senior season in Inglewood, California playing at Inglewood High School for the Sentinels. He has helped the Sentinels race out to a 3-0 record thus far and contributed with a pick six in a 29-26 comeback victory in their season opener on August 20th.