Duke Impressed Rose on Visit

Last year it was the commitment of five start defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase that capped off a terrific recruiting season for head coach Ted Roof and the Blue Devils. A year later Duke is again working hard to bring in a five star lineman who is returning that interest in a big way. On Sunday, TheDevilsDen.com caught up with Florida offensive lineman Daron Rose for an update on his recruitment.

Like any big time lineman, Daron Rose has a plethora of offers sitting on his desk in his Tampa, Fla. home. Over 30 schools have put in time with the 6-5, 310-pound Jefferson All-American, and while he says he's flattered by all the attention, Rose admits he's begun to separate the schools into tiers.

"Right now the schools that are on the top of my list are Florida, Michigan, USC, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Duke, South Carolina, and Southern Florida," says Rose. "I think those schools are going to be at the top of my list going forward."

When glancing at his list, a casual observer may wonder aloud about the Blue Devils' inclusion among a group that includes several national champions and powerhouse programs. However, Rose says that it's Duke who is without peers in certain aspects of his decision.

"No coaching staff has been as loyal or consistant with me as the coaches from Duke. They were the first to offer me a scholarship and they've been with me ever since. Duke is also, by far, the best school for academics on my list. That's very important to me since I want to go pre-law."

Recruited primarily by defensive backs coach Glenn Spencer, Rose recently took a trip up the east coast to make a pair of stops – one at Duke, followed by a trip to South Carolina. Again it was the Blue Devils who made the biggest impression.

"I got a chance to tour both campuses and meet with the coaches to talk about where things are with me. I spent a lot more time at Duke talking with them and touring all their facilities – the Yoh building is terrific, and the campus is the best I've ever seen."

Rose also had a chance to finally sit down with Roof for the first time.

"We talked about a lot of things, and I got a good impression from him. Duke is telling me that I could come in and be the leader of this recruiting class like Oghobaase was for last season's class. Coach Roof is really dedicated to getting things turned around there, and he's got the school behind him to help make that happen – that's something that hasn't been the case in the past. He told me that they need to keep bringing in more talented players to do the job, and that I'm one of those players."

"If I went to Duke I could be part of building something, whereas if I went to some of the other schools on my list I'd be another piece of a machine. That's something that's going to be in the back of my mind as I move forward. It's not something I'll make a decision on, but it's something that will be there."

Rose, who reports a 3.0 grade point average and a qualifying standardized test score, will likely make the allotted five official visits before ultimately deciding on his final collegiate destination. And before that happens, he'll have to sit down with his parents and weigh his options carefully.

"My parents want the best for me, and will play a big part in this decision. They want me to go somewhere that pushes players on the field and off the field. They want me to go somewhere that pushes its players to graduate and provides all the support they need in the classroom."

And what is Daron's priority list for choosing a school?

"Academics are on top of the list; then how the coaches relate to their players, and then the atmosphere surrounding the team both in and outside of the program."

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