Rosene talks commitment; early enrollment

Duke has landed a very highly rated offensive tackle in the form of 6-foot-7, 340 pound Reno Rosene out of Southern California. So what made the three star prospect choose Duke? He sat down with TDD to explain.

"Really it came down to the fact that the coaching staff and the program became like family for me," said Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian standout Reno Rosene. "I was just over the whole recruiting process, and I knew where I was going, so I just made the decision."

Rosene picked Duke over 10 other offers including Washington State, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, and others. And while the West Coast schools thought they could make headway, it was a trip to Durham in April that really made the difference.

"My dad and I went out there in April and had a chance to sit down with Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Latina. I sat and talked with Coach Latina for over an hour about the offense, the team, and the different schemes. After that I just felt like this guy is destined to be my coach."

It wasn't just the message the coaches were promoting either, it was about the stability established under the staff.

"With Coach Cutcliffe, I know he is going to be my coach. Period. He's under contract until at least 2020, so I know who is going to be there for me every year."

Measuring out at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, Rosene was projected as a guard by some schools, but at Duke he's going to play right tackle most likely. However, that'll come with a learning curve.

"I am going to play tackle, but the way it works at Duke, you have to learn the other positions. You have to know how to play guard and center. You may not play those positions, but you have to know them inside and out so that you know where everyone is going to be on any given play."

If that sounds like a lot to learn, it is. That's just one of the reasons Rosene is going to get a jump on things.

"So long as everything works out and I'm where I need to be, I am going to be graduating in December and enrolling in January so that I can participate in Spring Practice."

Which suggests that this high major recruitment is firmly locked up for the Blue Devils, correct?

"Absolutely, I consider myself firmly committed. I talked about that with the coaches and I'm done with the process. I didn't dislike the recruiting process, but I knew where I was going and with 11 offers or so, the strain of keeping up with so many coaches was just a lot. I knew it was going to be Duke, and now I can focus on getting ready for that."

Rosene is rated as the nation's No. 59 offensive tackle by Scout.com.


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