Colorado and Rouson Part Ways

It sounded like a match made in heaven. The son of a former Buff great attending CU to play the same position his father starred at--running back. CU and Jaslee Rouson, the son of the ninth all-time leading rusher in Buffs' history, Lee Rouson, were not meant to be after all. The younger Rouson signed a letter of intent to follow his father's footsteps to Boulder, but that has all changed now. Rouson explains to the BSN what happened.

Giveth and taketh away. Colorado added two commitments after signing day in tight end prospect Ino Vitale Jr. and corner Jalil Brown. They signed three running backs in this class but now that number has been cut to two as Jaslee Rouson will no longer be heading to Boulder.

In an interview with the Buffalo Sports News he explains what happened. "When I originally committed to Colorado, I had committed to the old staff. I was recruited by Coach Barnett and Coach (Shawn) Simms. The new staff seems great and I think Coach Hawkins is a great coach, but the fit just didn't feel right for me. I feel that with Coach Hawk there they will probably be throwing the ball a lot more. They told me that they have a lot of running backs and they really need some wide receivers and tight ends so they can add to their passing game. I want to be somewhere that focuses on running the ball so we decided it was best to go our separate ways."

Rouson's letter of intent with CU is not binding because he never received his acceptance letter from the school. This is the letter signees receive notifying them they got into the school. "We decided to part ways before I was supposed to receive that letter. My grades are fine so it had nothing to do with me not being able to get in. I have a 2.6 core GPA and scored a 1200 on the SAT. Everything worked out for the best. If I don't decide where to go by this fall, I will wait and enroll next spring."

Since putting himself back on the market, the Hun School product has received scholarship offers from New Mexico State, Temple, and Towson University. "I am also talking with South Florida and Syracuse. I am completely wide open right now and am not leaning to any one school. I am excited to wear someone's helmet this fall and am listening to everyone. Schools are telling me that they can use a big back like me so I am excited about that."

Rouson will spend his summer touring schools and he will also participate in the Governor's Bowl, June 11th, which pits the best players from New Jersey against the best from New York.


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