Rose Close To Decision Following Big Cat

One of the nation's top cornerback prospects talks about his visit for Big Cat Weekend and the timetable for making a decision.

Leeds, Ala.--One of the top defensive back prospects in the South took a visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and is now even closer to making his decision. Speedy Jonathan Rose, the son of former Auburn player Charles Rose, is a standout cornerback for the Green Wave with offers from some of the top programs in the country.

With the size (6-1 ½, 200) and the speed (4.4 40-yard dash) to be a difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball, Rose is ranked as the #12 corner in the country by Scout.com and could be another feather in Auburn's recruiting cap very soon.

"I went down and got another good feel for the Auburn Tigers," Rose said about his visit for Big Cat Weekend. "I'm kind of getting closer to a decision. I think it's going to be the Auburn way. Now they are waiting in anticipation and I'm waiting for a date now.

"When I've gone back it has been the same thing every time," he added. "They haven't changed at all. There is no reason why I shouldn't go to Auburn. I have no negatives, only positives."

Many of those positives come from the coaching staff. Already with a strong relationship with Tommy Thigpen, who recruits Birmingham and the surrounding areas for Auburn, Rose said the bond he's built with the entire staff is something that makes the Tigers a strong favorite at the moment.

"The coaches have stayed the same," Rose said. "They've never backed down on their word. That's what I like in coaches. The teammates, they said if I went down there I would be recruiting my own teammates. That's kind of good. I saw some guys this weekend I would like to play with, some huge guys actually, mostly d-line and o-line. It's all good with me right now."

Last year's Big Cat Weekend got a lot of publicity for the buzz it created around the college football world, but what was lost in all the talk was the bonding that occurred that weekend among the prospects. Auburn got several commitments late in the recruiting process including Eric Mack because of the relationships built during Big Cat. Rose said for him that was the biggest and best part of the weekend as well.

"It was more about bonding with the other players than just the coaches," Rose said. "I got to meet new guys, hopefully potential teammates. I'm glad to be able to meet these other high profile prospects. I'm just glad to have that bonding experience.

"I talked to some of the 2010 class and they said how all of them recruited each other," Rose added. "That's what we're trying to do. We're trying to recruit each other and make a team with the 2011 class. We've got some talented athletes and hopefully we'll all be together. I'm not committed yet, but I'm working on guys."

While Rose is close to pulling the trigger, the nation's number four quarterback Kiehl Frazier did just that. Rose said he got a chance to hang around the Arkansas standout and said it almost pushed him over the edge as well.

"I talked to the quarterback, he just committed today, Kiehl Frazier," Rose said. "He kind of influenced me to speed up my process. Hopefully I'll be at Auburn with him or wherever I decide to go. Hopefully it's the Auburn way."

With Auburn firmly in the lead at the moment, Rose said now he's planning on attending a few more camps before making his final choice. "I'm trying to finish up the summer football camps," he added. "Once I get those finished up I'll be able to make a college decision. Most likely I'll try to set something up at school within the next month."


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