Rouse Ready To Shine

Nearly six years ago, on July 30th, of 2008, then Marshall Head Coach Mark Snyder, received a commitment from a undersized defensive end from Harrisonburg, Virginia. The prospect actually played safety and linebacker in high school, before his arrival on campus.

The coaching staff at the time raved about the kid and said they expected him to play defensive end at the college level and make a big impact someday. It is probable, that Snyder and his staff did not think that 6 years later this player would finally be realizing the amazing potential that he had.

James Rouse is the player that made his verbal commitment to the Herd six years ago. He weighed anywhere from 210 to 235 pounds at the time, depending on sources. He was long, and lanky, but very athletic. He redshirted his freshman season, but got on the field as a redshirt freshman. He ended that year with 19 total tackles, which included a game against UCF where he tallied a season high 5 tackles.

Rouse was ready for big things. He came into his sophomore season ready to go, and was immediately hurt in the season’s first game against in state rival, West Virginia. The injury bug had sat in. One unfortunate injury after another. Rouse would also miss his entire junior season. Rouse entered his senior year unhealthy, but was determined to battle through it.

Rouse started to gain form late in August camp, but there were still a lot of defensive tackles ahead of him at this time. That’s right defensive tackle, Rouse had gotten bigger and stronger and was now playing on the interior defensive front. Rouse was battling Jarquez Samuel, Brandon Sparrow, Steve Dillon and Josh Brown for playing time. When the dust had settled, Rouse had reemerged as a potential NFL prospect.

Rouse ended his senior year with 39 tackles. This total included a team high 14 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. Rouse also had 5 quarterback hurries, three pass break ups and a blocked kick. Keep in mind, this is from the defensive tackle position, not and outside rush end position. Rouse dominated late in a game on the road in Tulsa which the Herd simply had to find a way to win after taking a big lead early, only to fall behind. He then stepped up his game in a huge way in the Military Bowl win against Maryland.

Then came the best news of all to Rouse and the Herd Program. Due to the early career injuries, Rouse was granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Rouse is healthy now, and ready to produce for the 2014 Thundering Herd.

Rouse is the final recruit left over from the previous coaching regime.

Other notes from that 2009 recruiting class.

Members included, Aaron Dobson, Andre Booker and Monterius Lovett. It also included Press Taylor, Jake Laudenslayer, Donald Brown and one of the Herd’s first Belle Glade recruits, Cartavious Baldwin who never arrived on campus.

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