Rosene, along with defensive end Marquies Price, have signed scholarship agreements to enroll at Duke for the Spring semester. The move allows both players to participate in Spring Practice beginning in March. First things first, however, as Rosene is looking to finish strong at Oaks Christian.
“Our season has been up and down, and a little rough at times since we have lost three games that we had a chance to win. We’re hoping to be more consistent. Personally, we don’t keep stats for offensive linemen, but I feel I’ve had seven solid games blocking well.”
Prior to the season Rosene chose Duke over 10 other offers including Washington State, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, and others. And while the West Coast schools thought they could make headway, it was a trip to Durham in April that really made the difference.
"My dad and I went out there in April and had a chance to sit down with Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Latina. I sat and talked with Coach Latina for over an hour about the offense, the team, and the different schemes. After that I just felt like this guy is destined to be my coach."
Following the commitment, several schools continued their pursuit, but that ended with the signature on the early enrollment papers - which was a point of relief.
“There is definitely a sense of relief to have the process behind me. I’m now able to focus completely on talking to the one coaching staff and knowing exactly where I’m going for the next five years. We talk often, and when January comes they want me to be ready for Spring Practice, so once my season is over I’m really going to start preparing for that next step.”
So what does preparing for his first college practice schedule entail?
“With training right now during the season we are trying to maintain what we have worked on for the off-season, but the Monday after we’re done I’m going back to hitting it hard in the weight room so that I can get to Duke as strong as I can be and in the best shape of my life.”
After signing the papers, Rosene will be sent the Duke playbook for review and study. Of course, the decision to enroll early brings with it an off the field component as well. It’s something the big lineman is also looking forward to.
“I’m excited to get to know my teammates and to move into the dorms. I’m anxious to get into class and see how different things are from high school. When I arrive I’m going to focus only on working in the classroom and on football. I plan on working hard with the academic advisor so that I can earn the best grades possible. I plan on studying business.”
During Duke’s bye week, Rosene hosted his primary recruiting coach Jeff Faris for an in-school visit where the two talked about everything from the Oaks Christian season to the enrollment process, to how the Blue Devil season has progressed.
“I’ve been watching the team in every game on TV since we have the ACC Channel, and I think that despite all the injuries they suffered, they look strong. It was disappointing to lose at Miami, but they bounced back strong.”
Rosene is rated as a three star offensive tackle by Scout.com. He currently measures out at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds. He projects, ultimately, as a tackle.