Rose Likes Duke's Total Package

Last year it was the commitment of Vince Oghobaase that sent Blue Devil fans into the stratosphere with excitement. This season it's another lineman looking like the potential crown jewel of the Blue Devils' recruiting haul as Florida offensive lineman Daron Rose, a likely five star level prospect, continues to list Duke at the top of his list.

"Duke is just a terrific academic school," says 6-foot-5, 315lbs Tampa area lineman Daron Rose. "I am pretty positive I'll be taking a visit there when that time comes. They, along with Maryland, are my top two schools."

Being among the top two choices on any recruit's list is always a good thing, but it's a tremendous opportunity for Duke in this case as Rose has pushed his scholarship count to a robust 28, with nearly every major program in the country vying for his services.

Literally his list of scholarship offers reads like a who's who of college football: Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Iowa, Pitt, Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas, Auburn, and many others. And yet it's the Blue Devils and Terrapins battling it out for this high major prospect.

"Both schools have really strong criminal justice programs, and that's something I'm very interested in. A degree from a place like Duke will set you up even if you don't play professionally, or when you are finished playing pro ball."

While Rose could expound on the academic benefits of choosing Duke, he's also very aware that his skill level will allow him to go to Durham and contribute nearly immediately.

"That's something we've talked about with their coaching staff. I know that I would have a chance to go in there and work hard and compete for a chance to make an impact early on in my career. That's something that is very appealing."

In addition to early playing time, there's the pitch about what his class could mean for the Blue Devils going forward.

"They've got the pieces in place to move into a top ACC position," said Rose. "They have a young staff, and a beautiful campus and top facilities. If my class is strong, then that could be the next step in them turning into a top program in the conference. That's something that would be great to be a part of."

Rose put his name on the national map after a big time junior season. While playing left tackle, he dominated the Tampa area competition. His team attempted over 230 passes last season and Rose didn't allow a single sack. He had over 100 pancake blocks, averaging about one every three running plays. Defensively, he had 25 tackles and three sacks. He was a first team All-State pick after the season.

"I had a good season and I want to get better," said Rose. "I can always work on footwork and technique, along with strength."

Rose reports a GPA of nearly 3.5 and has already achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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