Rose makes first official visit to L'ville

Mike Rose's high school career recently came to an end when Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest didn't make the South Carolina state playoffs. Now, the three-star defensive prospect plans to go shopping for a college.

Mike Rose's high school career recently came to an end when Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest didn't make the South Carolina state playoffs. Now, the three-star defensive prospect plans to go shopping for a college.

This weekend, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end will make his first official visit to Louisville. Rose said he's been following the Cardinals progress under first year coach Charlie Strong this season. With a win over South Florida Saturday, Louisville, 5-4, would be bowl eligible.

"I've been planning on the visit for a while and it's going to be my first official visit," Rose said. "Louisville is a good school. They had a winning tradition and fell off a little bit but it can be brought back easily. They're not doing as bad as I thought with a new head coach, but they need a lot of help on defense."

Rose could certainly help. A gifted athlete who possesses 4.5 forty-speed, Rose played all over the field at Hillcrest, from free safety to defensive end. Rose made about 100 tackles and forced several turnovers this season.

"I can rush, drop back and fill the gap," said Rose. "I think I can fit in their system. I can blitz. I play in a 3-3-5 in high school and I'm used to blitzing a lot."

Rose holds offers from Louisville, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Kentucky, NC State and East Carolina. He has a visit scheduled to Wake Forest December 1, and is also considering visits to Maryland and NC State.

Rose said education will be the main factor in his college decision.


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