Kevin Rouse Rolling Up Offers

Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.) linebacker Kevin Rouse (6-1, 220, 4.65) already has 16 offers, the first from Mississippi in February. He said he favors Northwestern over Iowa and both lead Iowa State, Minnesota and Pittsburgh--all have given him written offers.

Kevin Rouse, who is emphasizing academics as a decision factor, said he'd like to commit as early as August, before his season starts. "I'm also looking for a good coaching staff and to get on the field and play early," he said.

"I like Northwestern because of its academics and I think I could get the chance to play early there. I've already visited the campus (one hour and a half hours from home), three or four times now and I'm going again on Thursday (June 1). Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald (linebackers) is a great guy," says Rouse. "I have a friend that plays football at Northwestern and a buddy who's already committed to Iowa.

Rouse doesn't plan on attending any camps this summer. Instead, he plans to visit Iowa again--a campus he's also previously seen in person. "I can always jump on a plane and be home within a few hours," he said, emphasizing that distance isn't a concern.

"Minnesota is recruiting me the hardest. I know they really want me. I think they need help with linebackers. Their coaches have watched me lift and practice, and they call a lot."

He denies any parental preference but admits, "My mom is really religious--she wants me to go to a catholic school."

"I'm fast. I'm all over the field," Rouse said. "I plan to work on my coverage skills." Rouse reports a bench press of 315, squat 500 and 34 vertical jump.

Rouse reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 26 ACT score.


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