After Dan Mullen’s move, Florida now in mix for former Mississippi State commit Tyrese Ross

Tyrese Ross.

Three-star safety Tyrese Ross, who had been committed to Mississippi State since July, decommitted Wednesday in large part because Dan Mullen and Todd Grantham now are at Florida.

“It was tough because it’s always going to be hard to re-open your recruiting process,” Ross told GN. “There is always going to be ups and downs and pros and cons to it, but it was a long, thought-out decision. I took my time with it and feel like I made the right decision. So, I feel like I’m moving in the right direction with it.

“It’s never an easy phone call and it’s something that they don’t really want to hear, but it’s just something that you have to do. It’s your life and it’s something you have to live with and feel like you made the right decision. It’s never an easy call, but it’s something that has to be done.”

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Ross, who began his high school career at powerhouse Jacksonville Trinity Christian before moving to Atlanta, says he did have numerous Mississippi State coaches contact him to inform him of what was happening after Mullen left the program.

“I didn’t talk with Coach Mullen, or Grantham, but a number of other coaches called me and let me know what the situation was,” he said. “They told me they would understand my decision and however I wanted to move forward.”

Ross (6 feet 0, 180 pounds), from Atlanta Westlake, committed to Mississippi State over offers from, among others, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He said he now is interested in Florida.

“As of right now Mullen hasn’t called me yet, but I am expecting a call from those guys because they recruited me at Mississippi State,” he said. “I’m expecting a call before this week is over with.

“I’m looking more into Florida right now because that’s where my coach is at, but right now I haven’t set up any visits or things like that yet. Since I just reopened my recruiting process, I’m just going to let things play out and I’m going to take my time with it.”

Ross says the Bulldogs are still in play. The Bulldogs have a new coach in former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, but Moorhead hasn’t hired a defensive coordinator yet.

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