RECRUITING: No Commitment Soon Out Of Rose

Daron Rose will be visiting Gainesville this weekend, but don't expect a commitment from the 6-5, 310-pound All-American offensive lineman from Tampa Jefferson. In fact, it's an upcoming trip to Gainesville and The Swamp that is still four months away that has Rose most excited.

(Daron Rose profile)

"I'm looking forward to going to the Florida-Florida State game this year," Rose stressed. "That's a game that I've wanted to go to ever since I was a little kid. I wanted to go last year in Tallahassee but I wasn't able to make it. That was my goal from last year and I'm going to make it this time."

The Florida-FSU game will have to wait. Meanwhile, Rose will get an opportunity to visit with the Florida coaches and several other top high school players in a more casual atmosphere.

"I'll be in Gainesville this Saturday," he said. "They're having junior day at Lake Wauberg. My Dad will probably go up there with me. We're just going up there and will come back."

He's excited to spend some time talking to Florida's coaches, with whom he has developed a very comfortable relationship.

"Both (Coach Stan Drayton and Urban Meyer) are real cool," he said. "They're laid back when they talk to you but they're real passionate about what they do. They love what they do. You can see it on the field in what happened at Utah and you could see it in the spring in what is happening at Florida. Florida has their swagger back because of Coach Meyer and Coach Drayton."

Rose said that while he took a few unofficial visits which included recent visits to Florida State and South Florida, he did not camp very often this summer.

"The only camp that I've been to lately was the Alabama one day camp," he said. "It was kind of like a combine. Honestly, I did the camp because I just happened to already be up there. It was something that my teammates wanted to do so I just went up there with them because they asked me to go. I took it as an unofficial visit. I talked to Coach Shula. I was able to tour the facilities while I was up there. They are one of my eleven."

I spoke to Rose last year in "The Swamp" after Jefferson played in the state finals and he was just as eager to talk about his academic future as he was about potentially playing college football.

"I have a 3.0 right now," Rose proudly stated. "I'm fully qualified. I know that I'm going to major in Criminal Justice and probably do some pre-law classes before deciding which law school that I want to go to."

Rose appears to have placed himself under a gag order when talking about who might hold the upper hand for his services. He has narrowed the list and Florida is on it, but so are about a dozen other schools. He said that he'll continue to narrow his list of schools at a later date.

"I've still narrowed my list to eleven schools," Rose said without hesitation. "There are no leaders. Everybody is even, really."


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