Rose Sees Opportunity With Tigers

Wide receiver Alex Rose from First Coast High comments on his visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Alex Rose, a talented wide receiver from First Coast High, committed to Auburn back in September.

Despite other colleges still trying to get him to visit, he says his commitment to Auburn is firm and he doesn't plan to take any official visits other than the one to Auburn he made to check out the Tigers over the weekend along with his teammate, wide receiver Jason Sherman.

"The visit went real good," Rose tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It went better than I thought it would go. I got a chance to meet several of the players and they are real cool. They seem like the kind of guys who will help you with any problems you might have."

Rose notes that he and Sherman arrived later than the other recruits in for official visits because they had a Saturday basketball game. He says they went straight from the gym to the airport to catch a flight to Atlanta, which they barely made. "We still had our basketball jerseys on," he says.

Once he got to Auburn, the official visit went smoothly, Rose says. "Courtney Taylor was our host. He seemed like a good person. He is a really good guy. He is down to earth. He let us know what type of players they need to come in and play early because they are losing three of their top receivers who were seniors last season. It was good."

Rose got an offer from Auburn after an impressive showing at a summer football camp. He was one of the best athletes at any of the 2005 AU camps, regardless of position.

He says that he talked to Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville before the coach headed to Hawaii to be head coach of the East All-Stars for the Hula Bowl and got some encouraging words.

"Coach Tuberville told me that I would have a chance to play early," Rose says. "If I get stronger and learn the plays, I feel like I can come in and compete for playing time."

Rose spent a lot of his visit talking football with offensive coordinator Al Borges, who recruits the Jacksonville area for Auburn, as well as wide receiver coach Greg Knox.

He also spent time with academic counselors on his official visit. "I am interested in majoring in mass communications," he says. "I talked to the people about that at Auburn and that went well. It seems like they have a good program and it would give me a good foundation for that field."

Looking at the visit as a whole, Rose gave it a thumbs up. "Everything was good," he says.

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