Big Finish to Big Season for DB Prospect

Cornerback Jonathan Rose discusses his all-star experience.

Leeds, Ala.--Jonathan Rose said having a chance to play in a double-overtime victory for his team in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game was a memorable way to finish a memorable season.

"It was an exciting game," said the cornerback from Leeds High School, an Auburn verbal commitment who helped the Alabama All-Stars to a 24-17 victory over the Mississippi All-Stars on Saturday in Mobile.

"I enjoyed playing with those guys," Rose said. "I had met them sometime ago at the camps and it was great to be on the same team with them."

Joining him on the Alabama All-Star team were fellow Auburn commitments Sammie Coates from Leroy High, Reese Dismukes from Spanish Fort High and Anthony Swain from Gadsden City High.

Asked how he thought he played on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Rose said, "I had an interception in the end zone and I got a couple of pass breakups. It was a great game. I enjoyed playing with those guys seeing how they played.

"I really enjoyed playing with my future teammates," he added. "We talked a lot throughout the week and got a bond going about how we are going to be for the next four years.

"Those other guys who are going to Auburn played well, too," he said. "Sammie had a breakout game. He actually scored our first touchdown. Reese did great at center and Anthony made some big plays. They put him on kickoff returns and he almost took a couple back all the way."

Jonathan Rose is shown in action during the all-star game.

Rose said he arrived in Mobile last week for practice in excellent shape after having just a week layoff from winning the Class 3A state championship as Leeds outscored Hamilton 42-32. In that game Rose scored on an 84-yard interception return and a 38-yard fake punt pass play.

"It was kind of different just coming off a state championship game and then going back to two-a-days, but it was alright," Rose said. "I was in good shape and I was still fresh when some of the other guys who had been off for a few weeks got a little stiff."

Asked about his favorite part of the all-star experience, Rose said, "Hanging out with the other guys and getting to meet guys I will be playing with next year and playing against next year."

Counting his Leeds regular season, Rose finished 16-0 in games he played during the 2010 season.


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