Rose Jumps Into Recruiting Process

L.J. Rose is jumping into the recruiting process. High major schools are on him and he's starting to take visits.

L.J. Rose hasn't played a single game of his junior season. But the top rated lead guard in the 2012 class is already well versed in the recruiting game.

Playing up on Houston Hoops top squad when he was an underclassman meant Rase, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard, was on the national scene early in his high school career.

Interest poured in early from some of the nation's best basketball programs. He cites interest from North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, Baylor, Texas, Virginia, Miami, Oklahoma and Arizona.

"I feel like I'm getting more into it now," Rose said of the recruiting process. "I'm actually going to start looking into taking more unofficials."

This past weekend Rose, of Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist School, took a trip to Chapel Hill (N.C.) and left with a new scholarship offer.

"They just wanted me to know that they offered me and that they are very interested," Rose said. "I told them I was interested in them too. Basically I'm going to weigh my options and go on a couple of visits."

"That was my first real unofficial visit," he added. "I've been to Texas and I've been to Memphis, but that's basically it. I want to see a couple of more schools."

When asked about a leader, Rose brought up the Tar Heels, but was quick to say that they were his first major visit.

"Right now I really like UNC, but again it's the only school that I've been on an unofficial to and been to a school during an event," Rose told "So as of now I like UNC a lot."

Rose will now take an in-state trip this coming weekend and then visit a handful of other schools on his list.

"I'm going to Baylor this weekend," the five-star guard added. "Then I'm going to Texas, Memphis, Kansas and probably Kentucky. I'm just trying to focus on where I should go in the future."

The visits will help Rose come up with his college decision. But he's not planning to make his choice in the near future.

"I really don't know," Rose said. "Once I feel comfortable about where I want to go I'll make my decision. I don't really have a timetable."

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