Rose Taking Another Look At His Leader

Talented junior defensive back Jonathan Rose talks about making another visit to Auburn.

Leeds, Ala.--One of the top prospects in Alabama, cornerback Jonathan Rose has made trips to Auburn before being the son of former player Charles Rose, but his recent trip to check things out only inspired him to see more from the Plains and coach Gene Chizik's program. That's why he'll be back again this weekend to see even more.

"I'm trying to get a more familiar feel for the atmosphere and see how the coaches do in the offseason and keeping building a relationship," Rose tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's big to continue to build that relationship so I can get a feel for things if I actually go to school there. I would already have a good bond with the coaches and a feel for the team."

With a recent visit under his belt, Rose has already toured some of the facilities, talked with the coaches and seen the campus. He said this trip is about seeing more of Auburn outside of football to make sure it's a place he could call home.

"I'm going to check out the activities down there when they're not doing football," Rose said. "I want to see what kind of activities they have and what they do in their off time. That's real important for me because I'm not going to have that home-feel when I get to a school. I'm going to need something to occupy my time away from football so I won't be thinking about home all the time."

At 6-2, 170 with outstanding speed, Rose made 48 tackles as a junior while adding five interceptions. In addition he used his speed to add four touchdowns on special teams. It's that kind of talent that has some of the top schools in the South already on board with him.

"I think I have four offers now," Rose said. "Georgia, Florida State, Auburn and Alabama have all offered. I think that's it right now."

With his offer list growing it hasn't changed his stance on a favorite school though as Auburn is firmly in front for Rose this spring. He said there's a lot to like about Auburn, but one thing stands out to him at the moment.

"It's just the home feeling," Rose said. "Auburn has a family feeling. I don't really feel segregated from anybody, any of the coaches or the players. It's a down-home feeling to me when I go down there."

Even with Auburn a strong leader at the moment, Rose said he doesn't plan to make his decision until after his season ends this coming fall.


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