RECRUITING: OL Daron Rose down to six schools

Tampa Jefferson offensive lineman Daron Rose is one of the best mechanical players you will watch at the position. He has never allowed a sack on the Jefferson quarterback and that is due to his incredible technique. The four-star offensive lineman has narrowed his list of final schools to six and has set four official visits with two schools fighting for the remaining two slots. The Florida Gators will get a visit in late January.

(Daron Rose profile)

Jefferson just finished their season and lost a hard fought 17-13 battle to Winter Haven. The game was close and could have gone either way. The 6-5, 310 pound Rose was disappointed at the chance they had and let get away.

"It was a bunch of missed opportunities," Rose said. "We had a touchdown taken away with a penalty and missed a field goal. It hurt at first, but now it's on to my college career so I need to move forward."

The list is down to six now. Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, and South Carolina, and LSU are all gunning for his services as a premiere lineman in the southeast. Here's his thoughts on these schools:

Florida: "The overall program and atmosphere is great I will visit January 21st. I will most definitely be there at the game."

Florida State: "I like their coaches and it's a great program and tradition. I will visit on January 27th."

Michigan: "I will visit them the first week in December. They have a great offensive line tradition, great conference, and a great stadium."

Tennessee: "My visit there is set for January 14th. They are also in a great conference. They have great coaches, and a great tradition."

South Carolina: "They are really coming up. There is a chance to come in right away as a true freshman. It's the same offense we kind of run here. It won't take much to get used to."

LSU: "They kind of just came in and I am trying to get used to them. From what I understand they are a real good coaching staff."

Rose is a very good student and could go to any of the schools on an academic scholarship. Academics are important to him, but he also has more conventional athletic and personal traits he is looking for.

"It comes down to wherever I feel the most comfortable and who can get me to the next level," he said.

Now that his season is over, Daron Rose will have more time to concentrate on the next goal in life -- getting to the college of his choice. The choices are all there for the big man and now the public awaits his decision, especially the Florida Gators.


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