Corner Prospect Checks Out Auburn's Practice

Jonathan Rose talks about his latest visit to spend time with the Auburn football Tigers.

Leeds, Ala.--A week after making his college choice Auburn verbal commitment Jonathan Rose made a trip to the AU campus to watch his future teammates practice.

Rose, who is preparing for his senior season at Leeds High School, brought his junior teammate, linebacker Javier Mitchell, to check out Auburn's Saturday night practice and tour the AU campus.

"The visit went well," Rose tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I just wanted to get with my Auburn family and get a feel for how my freshman year is going to be, see how they practice and stuff. I went into all of the team meetings and I went to practice to see how they do things.

"They went hard even though it wasn't in full pads and they still banged and fought for positions," he says. "Guys were pushing each other. I like how they kept the intensity up at the practice."

Rose is expected to be one of the top senior football players in the state of Alabama this fall.

The 6-2, 185-pound cornerback is the son of former Tiger football player Charles Rose, who also played at Leeds High School. This year's Green Wave is ranked number one in the Class 3A preseason poll.

"We just had our first week of practice and we had a good week," Rose says. "Hopefully, our first game (vs. Alexandria) will be a good one for us."

Coaches at Leeds have been working out their team under the lights to avoid what has been energy-draining heat in the afternoons. "It has been hot and the heat is just another factor we are going to have to fight through," Rose says. "Doing that will make us better."

Chad Simmons,'s South region manager for recruiting, says that Rose is an excellent pickup for the Tigers who will be in Scout's national top 300 as a four-star cornerback when those rankings are updated this month.

Commenting on what goals he has for his senior season, Rose says, "My only goal is to win the state championship. I don't have any individual goals."

A frequent visitor to the Auburn campus this year, including a trip to Auburn for The Big Cat Weekend in May, Rose says a week after publically committing to the Tigers he feels "great" about that decision.

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