The Key to the Class

Probably the biggest key to the Florida State class was the signing of left tackle Daron Rose. The 6-foot-5 and 310 pound standout from Tampa Jefferson is considered one of the top pass-blockers in the entire country.

"Daron Rose will be playing on Sunday's," Jefferson Coach Lane McLaughlin said. "He can do it all. He's a great pass blocker and a devastating run blocker. He's smart, physical and he plays with great technique. Once he gets his hands on you, it's over."

Tampa Jefferson knew they had something special in the four-star freshman way back when Rose was a freshman.

"We knew he was going to be a player when he was on the JV team as a freshman," the Jefferson assistant coach said. "We moved him up to Varsity at the end of the season. He has stated since his sophomore season. The only sack I can recall him giving up was when our quarterback was moving around in the pocket."

McLaughlin told Renegade that his star player was very impressed with his Florida State visit and offensive line coach Mark McHale.

"He loved his visit to Florida State," he said. "Bobby Bowden's wife made him a special dessert and he got to play pool with Bobby Bowden at his house. He loves Coach McHale because he's such a good teacher. Coach McHale has a very good reputation around here."

Rose, who is slated to be the No. 2 left tackle as a true freshman, has a reported 3.3 grade point average. Bio:

Rose put his name on the national map with a big time junior season. While playing left tackle, Rose dominated the 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.

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