Rose Close To Announcing His College Choice

Cornerback Jonathan Rose talks Auburn and making his decision.

Leeds, Ala.--One of the country's top cornerback prospects took another visit to Auburn on Sunday, but instead of taking tours and seeing the campus Leeds High standout Jonathan Rose got on the field and showed what he can do.

A physical and speedy cornerback at 6-2, 185, Rose has traveled to the Plains several times for junior days, Big Cat Weekend and just on his own, but on Sunday he was one of close to 300 campers in town for Auburn's Senior Camp. Working out in the one-on-one portion of the camp, Rose says he was pleased with how things went the entire day.

"It went real good," Rose says. "I got to look at some better competition. I always like to come down and compete with the wide receivers and top prospects. I sat down and talked a little football with coach Chiz (Gene Chizik). I'm trying to get a feel for the college life and getting treated like a player already. I'm getting adjusted to it. I watched a little film. It was nice."

Unlike some other prospects who needed to show what they could do to the Auburn coaching staff, Rose had already been offered and didn't need to show anything in the camp. Still he chose to work out and he admitted that's just what he likes to do.

"I like to show out for the coaches," Rose says. "I want the coaches to know that they're not just getting a guy on film. They are getting a real guy. I wanted to impress the coaches a little bit and showcase my talents against some of these guys that I'm going to be playing in the future.

Jonathan Rose is shown in a one-on-one pass coverage drill.

"It's the drive to be better," he adds. "I want to make myself better every time I step on the field. The only way I can get better is to compete. Even though I don't have to I want to."

Along with fellow commitments such as Reese Dismukes and Anthony Swain as well as players such as Erique Florence and Chris Jones, Rose says he got to spend some time getting to know more about a lot of the prospects that were in. He said that's something that he feels like is very important in the recruiting process.

"It's nice because the guys I'm meeting right now are going to be potential teammates," Rose says. "If we get the bond going now, when we become teammates it's going to be easier. The game tempo is going to be easier. The chemistry is going to be better. We'll already be friends and brothers before we step on the field together so that's nice."

Close to committing following each of the last two visits to Auburn, Rose again notes he was close to making his decision but won't have that until another month or so.

"I think I'm going to be an Auburn Tiger," Rose says. "I have to figure out when I'm going to make my decision. Most likely I'm going to be an Auburn Tiger. There is no announcement date set but you can almost bank that I might be an Auburn Tiger. "I want to go visit more schools," Rose adds. "After I visit those schools to make sure then I'm going to make my decision. I want to do it before my season gets here, probably July 15 or somewhere around there."

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