Rose Eager To Play In Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn commitment Jonathan Rose is hoping to start his playing career at Jordan-Hare Stadium a few months early.

Leeds, Ala.--Saturday as Auburn commitment Jonathan Rose sat in the stands and watched Auburn's win over LSU, he could imagine what it would feel like to play at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a possible championship on the line. While many other prospects dreamed of the same things while the Tigers won 24-17, Rose is in a better position than most to make that dream a reality and it's not just because he's already committed to play at Auburn.

A key component in Leeds' 9-0 record and number one ranking in Class 3A, Rose has his sights set on playing for a state championship in his senior year. It just so happens that Alabama's state championship games will be played in Auburn this year as the Super Six comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time. That's something Rose said he's been focused on since last season and he hopes to make it a reality in six weeks.

"We're on track," Rose said. "I didn't think we were going to go undefeated, but I knew we were going to win our region. Everything is on track now. Hopefully, the playoffs work in our favor. If we have to meet Handley and Clay County again hopefully we can step up to the challenge. The state championship, if we get there it's going to be a win.

"Being down there at Auburn and playing with my high school team would be the best thing," he added. "Being able to play on Auburn's field before I even get there, it would be amazing."

Outscoring opponents 323-46 this season in nine games, Leeds hasn't allowed more than 13 points in a game, that coming the last time out against region foe and powerhouse Handley. Winning 14-13, Rose said it was a tough challenge against the Tigers but they played well to get the win.

"They came in and we were anticipating a dogfight and that's what it was," Rose said. "They were bigger than I expected. On film they were kind of big, but on the field they looked like college linemen. Our line stepped up to the challenge. We just used our speed against them."

With his goal of playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium closer to becoming a reality, Rose had the chance to experience the best of Auburn last Saturday in the LSU game. A loud and energetic crowd kept the atmosphere pumping throughout the game and he said it was just a unique experience he very much enjoyed.

"It was the biggest game I've ever seen in my life," Rose said. "The way the crowd was into the game and the way the coaches reacted to being in a big game situation, that's what I liked the most."

Expected to play cornerback for the Tigers when he arrives in Auburn, Rose was paying special attention to the play of the defense on Saturday. Struggling to make plays much of the season, the son of a former Auburn secondary member himself (Charles Rose) said he was impressed by how coach Ted Roof's charges performed despite being shorthanded.

"I'm glad the Auburn defense stepped up," Rose said. "They were missing a couple of players. I was wondering how the secondary was going to do. They actually showed up better than I thought they would. Some of the guys they needed to step up, they did. Some of the guys that were underrated, guys that hadn't played much, stepped up and did the job for the team."

Without much depth in the secondary and injuries to two key players, Auburn is in serious need of some help the rest of this season and beyond in the defensive backfield. Rose said while it makes it difficult for the guys in 2010, it's something that makes his decision to be a Tiger even stronger.

"It feels great to me because it's a spot I can fill," Rose said. "I can go there and make a difference."

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