Rose Discusses Recruiting and Prowl Visitors

Jonathan Rose, a class of 2011 cornerback prospect, talks about the Tiger Prowl and what colleges he is considering.

Leeds, Ala.--One of the football players whose high school was visited by Auburn's Tiger Prowl last week says the coaches who made the trip were well received at his school.

Jonathan Rose, a junior at Leeds High, is ranked as the No. 12 cornerback prospect in America by

"The Tiger Prowl visit went well," he says. "I am glad Auburn took the time to come see me and show their love for me in front of my school. The whole school liked it and I enjoyed it.

"Everybody wore their Auburn orange that day," he adds. "They had a feeling that the coaches would be coming down. They kind of heard it through the grapevine."

Rose wrapped up track and field season last weekend running on his school's 4x100 relay team that finished third at the state meet. "I was kind of disappointed about that," he says. "We hoped to do better and we will try to do that next year."

Jonathan Rose

Spring football practice opened on Monday for the defensive back. "I am working on getting physical on the line at my cornerback position mostly playing man coverage," says Rose, who adds that he is also concentrating on his footwork and making sure he has good mechanics on the basics of playing his position.

The men who coach the defensive backs at Auburn, Phillip Lolley and Tommy Thigpen, are guys who Rose is building a relationship with during the recruiting process. "I like the Auburn coaches," he notes. "I like the interaction with Coach Lolley and Coach Thig. I like Coach Trooper (wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor) down there and the running back coach (Curtis Luper). I am glad they all came to my school."

Rose notes that he plans to have a decision on his college choice prior to his senior year. "Recruiting is going good," he says. "I am getting a lot of schools coming in. I think I am going to get an offer from Memphis soon. I am kind of winding it down on making my decision, but the offers are still coming in.

"I hope to make my decision by late June or early July," he says. "Auburn is still leading. I have some other schools almost at the same level as Auburn, but not quite.

"Right now Auburn is at the top of my list," he adds. "I need to take a couple of more visits down there. I am also looking at Alabama and Tennessee, and I am also interested in the Georgia program, but I haven't been there yet."

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