Rouson to Visit Thanksgiving Day

Lee Rouson is the ninth all-time leader in rushing yards at the University of Colorado. He compiled 2,296 yards as a four-year starter in Boulder and graduated in 1984. Now his son, Jaslee Rouson, is one of the top running back prospects in the northeast and he has scheduled his visit to Colorado, with Lee, for Thanksgiving Day. The Buffs have a terrific shot at landing the tailback, and his decision could come by Christmas.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 220
40 time: 4.51
Bench: 355
Squat: 550
Clean: 235
Vertical: 35"
From: Princeton, New Jersey
High School: The Hun School

As a junior, Jaslee Rouson had 104 carries for 1,238 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 10 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, at corner, Rouson had 78 total tackles. He was named first team all-conference on offense and honorable mention all-conference on defense. He transferred to the Hun School from Mt. Olive High School in Flanders, New Jersey. Rouson was the starting tailback for Mt. Olive as a freshman when they went 11-1 and won the state championship.

Rouson had played on offense his entire career until last year when he was placed at corner. "The other teams never threw to my side much which was a mistake on them because I wasn't too sure what I was doing," Rouson laughs. "But, I am back at running back now where I belong and I have not played any defense this year. All the schools looking at me see me as a running back."

So what kind of back is he? "I have a great work ethic and I am always doing everything I can to get my team the win. I will run, catch, block, whatever. My coach makes me do different things so I can expand my game and it has really helped me. I am a total team player. I compare myself to Brian Westbrook of the Phildelphia Eagles because that is the kind of complete back I am."

The Hun School is 4-3 this year and the talented back has six touchdowns on the season. Rouson is teammates with Scout.com's no.1 player in the nation, Florida State commit Myron Rolle. "We have some talent but this year hasn't been the greatest," he admits. "We only have a couple more games and then our season is done with. Since we are a prep school, we don't have playoffs. That is too bad, but I do love it at The Hun School. I came here with the mission to get my grades up and that is what I've done. I was going down a bad road but now my core GPA is up to a 2.7 or 8 and I recently received a National Merit Award presented to African-Americans after I got my SAT score. I scored an 1820 on the new version of the test. More schools are coming in on me now that my grades are up."

Rouson has written offers from Colorado, Ohio, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Maryland. "I am going to visit Ohio on November 19th and then my Dad and I are going to Colorado on Thanksgiving Day morning. We are leaving for our visit to there at 7 AM. Other then those two visits, I might visit Rutgers officially and maybe Iowa. Iowa is just starting to come in on me and I have been to Rutgers so many times, I am not sure if I will take an official there, or not. I am there for almost every home game. I am going again this Saturday. Penn State is another school I am interested in because I grew up a fan of them. I have always kind of followed Penn State. I have not heard from them too much, though."

Obviously, with his father graduating from CU, before heading to the NFL for 10 years, Rouson has also followed the Buffs his whole life. "My father is a die-hard CU alum. He was really excited when I got the offer from them. I know he would like to see me play there. But, he also says that if I want to stay closer to home he would also like that. My mom would prefer for me to stay closer, I know that. I think she would like to see me go somewhere like Rutgers, Penn State, Syracuse, or Maryland. Leaving home for school is obviously not a big deal to me obviously since I am at a boarding school. I mean, I haven't been home in over a month. I would not mind going away for school at all."

Rouson says he knows he'll have a favorite after his upcoming trips to Ohio and CU. He lists what makes Colorado an appealing option. "I like the way Coach Barnett and Simms are talking to me. They are telling me how they see me developing over the next four to five years. The alumni and the people at Colorado are great. They also have great fans and they are a bigger school. The coaching staff is great and that is big for me, not only with them, but with all the schools I am looking at. Like Ohio, I really like the coaching staff there. And I know a coaching staff can leave at any time, but for now, I am looking hard at what kind of staff is at each of these schools.

"After I take two or three visits I will probably just close my eyes and make my decision. It could happen before Christmas."

The Buffalo Sports News will catch up with Rouson after the Boulder visit for his reaction.


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