Special Season For Auburn Football Commitment

Jonathan Rose was able to celebrate a state football championship at the stadium that will be his home field as an Auburn Tiger.

Auburn, Ala.--Jonathan Rose said he couldn't have asked for a better way to finish his high school football playing days as he scored a pair of touchdowns and led the Leeds High School defense as his team defeated Hamilton 42-32 to win the Class 3A state championship on Thursday.

Playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium, where he is scheduled to perform for Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers in 2011, Rose scored on an 84-yard interception return and on a 38-yard pass reception on a fake punt play.

"There couldn't be a better ending than how this went--15-0 and the state championship," a smiling Rose said immediately after the game. "I really did it for the coaches though. They worked so hard day in and day out, we felt like we owed it to them.

"Winning it here at Jordan-Hare is great," he said. "My future team has been playing so well and is undefeated and I end up undefeated this season on my high school team. It is just the best way to go."

Talking about his senior season, the Scout.com four-star cornerback said, "It went much, much, much better than I hoped. I never expected for us to go undefeated. I expected to win this championship though. We owe it all to our coaches who put us in a position to make this happen."

Rose said he hasn't decided when he is coming to Auburn. "I?have finished all of my classes and I can start at Auburn in January, but I haven't decided if I am going to do that. I am still in kind of a high school mode. I want to go to my prom and do things like that. I will make a decision sometime during the Christmas holiday."

Jonathan Rose

The game didn't start well for Leeds and Rose as his fumble early in the game led to a Hamilton touchdown for the first points of the game. "I was depressed," he said. "I had never fumbled before, but my teammates backed me up. They said you are a great player and go out there and make another play."

Commenting on his first touchdown on a pick six play, he said, "We call it taking it to me momma's house."

Commenting on his second touchdown, the faked punt, Rose said, "We have been working on it all season, but we have never had the chance to put it in. Coach said we have got the lead, let's go for it. I was kind of surprised myself."

Hamilton's high-powered offense managed to score more points on Leeds than anybody else this season. "It wasn't our best game on defense because we had some players injured," Rose said. "I will say it was my best game because it was the championship."

Being able to do it at Jordan-Hare Stadium made it even better, he said. "I have been wanting to play here since I was a little kid. Having the opportunity, it felt great. I felt like I could never be tired on that field. I just had so much energy. I just wanted to give some of the Auburn fans a sneak peak."


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