First Coast High head coach Marty Lee says, "Alex made the decision that he plans to play for Auburn. He is a real quality receiver and a real quality person. Auburn is getting a really good prospect.
The 6-2, 177 receiver is a three-year starter who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He is Auburn's 10th public verbal for the 2006 signee class and second receiver, joining Peach County High's Chris Slaughter.
Rose totaled 43 receptions for 940 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior season. However, he is off to a slow start this year after being slowed by injuries and extra attention from opposing defenses. He has rushed for just under 100 yards on reverses through four games and has 60-plus receiving yards, Coach Lee says.
"Auburn is getting a great prospect," Lee contends. "He is just a great pass receiver who has been slowed this year by a shoulder injury. It caused him to miss a half of two of our games this year.
"We are looking forward to him having a big game this week when we play our rival, Ribault High. It is a big game for Alex because he played there as a freshman."
Rose, who attended a summer football camp at Auburn, had offers from Clemson, Iowa, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland and around a dozen others.
Commenting on his style of play, Rose says, "I know all the balls go in the middle where people do not want to go. Especially receivers. Man that is where they do not want to go--across the middle, so I will. That is what I like to do is go across the middle and catch all the balls in the air and then break down.
"I break one tackle maybe, but I will break two tackles and then it's over. That is basically my game. But I can go vertical, too. Not many can go vertical and jump and I can go up and get it. I can jump a lot so if you throw it up and I will go up and get it. I will get that ball once it is in the air. The out and air route is my favorite route but that slant is too though so I will take anyone."
Rose, who plans to run the 400 meters in track, averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game as a junior in basketball playing small forward.
He says that he enjoyed his summer camp visit to Auburn and how together the Auburn coaches and players are. He notes that he plans to be an engineering major in college.
Commenting on the receiver, Coach Lee, whose First Coast team is off to a 2-2 start this season, says, "Auburn is getting a good kid. He has had some tragedy in his life that he had to deal with. He lost his younger brother in an accident and that was very difficult for him.
"He is also a basketball player and is just a really good athlete. Academically he is on track to qualify. Although he is off to a slow start this season, we expect that to change soon and he will be a key player for us. Because teams have been doubling him, that has opened up things for our other players."
Auburn's other commitments include: