New Jersey RB is a Buffalo

The Hawkins era if off and running as they landed their first commitment today. Jaslee Rouson is a three star running back from The Hun School in New Jersey. The Hun School is notorious for putting out blue chip prospects. Rouson spoke with Coach Hawkins today to seal the deal.

Height: 5-9 1/2
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. As a senior, he was named honorable mention all-conference as the Hun School had a very poor year. 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."

His father 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. Obviously, with his father graduating from CU, before heading to the NFL for 10 years, Rouson has also followed the Buffs his whole life. "When I spoke with Coach Hawkins today I told him that I have always wanted to go there. He said he was excited about my tape after watching it and that if I wanted to be a Buffalo, he was ready for me to be a Buffalo. My dad is flipping out right now - he is real happy about this. We'll get a chance to meet the new coaches when they come in for a visit."

Rouson received a call from Coach Riddle which got the process underway. "Coach Riddle called to introduce himself and he told me that he would be coaching the special teams in Boulder, and beyond that he was not sure what position he would be coaching. He gave me Coach Hawkins' cell phone number and I called him last night and he didn't answer. Then I called him at about 4 PM today and then we talked. I am real excited about all of this."

So what is next for Rouson? "My sister is a point guard on her basketball team so now that I got recruiting out of the way, I am just going to relax for the next couple weeks and watch her play."

Rouson becomes the eighth commitment for the 2006 class and the first verbal from a high school running back.

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