Versatile Mike Rose Keeps Terps in Top Five

2011 prospect Mike Rose has narrowed his list down to five schools and Maryland is among them.

According to Rose, if he commits to Maryland, they would get a “Bart Scott. A reliable linebacker who makes his plays and (is) an interception machine.” This shows outright confidence form this talented senior out of Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, SC. Whether Mike Rose is playing safety, defensive end, or outside linebacker, there is no doubt that he is ready to play football at the next level. In the Terps case, they are recruiting him as an OLB, but with his versatility, defensive end is not out of the question for this pass-rush extraordinaire with 4.45 speed.

Rose plans to have a busy month of October, visiting a different school each weekend. The schools he plans to visit are Wake Forest, NC State, Kentucky, and West Virginia respectively. Maryland is not completely out of the visit picture though. After already having watched the Maryland vs. Navy game, Rose also plans to have an official visit with Maryland sometime in December.

Rose has narrowed his top schools down to Maryland, NC State, West Virginia,

Wake Forest, and Kentucky, but he is still “open to late competition and any school that will offer a full-ride scholarship.” He has really enjoyed meeting with different schools, especially interacting with the many great coaches after his services. Specifically, he was in praise of Terrapins linebacker coach Al Seamonson. After multiple conversations with Maryland’s linebacker coach, Rose came out with the opinion that, “Coach Seamonson is simply great.” Rose has also been in contact with Coach Fridge. Both Coach Fridge and Seamonson continually remind Rose that he could really help out their defense.

The coaching staff is not the only thing that has Rose interested in Maryland. Rose, a big Under Armour fan, loves the fact that Under Armour is the official outfitter of Terrapin athletics. He also loves the atmosphere of Maryland’s campus. He wants to play and prove himself on the “big stage.”

In terms of high school football this year, Rose has taken a leadership role. He realizes that he is part of a young team, but he hopes he can help “get a young team to grow up and rely on each other despite their youth and ultimately win some games.” This is a great sign of maturity and could bode well for the next level.

Whether Mike Rose commits to Maryland, another team in his current top five, or another school that has yet to show interest in him, he is going to be a talent at the next level. Hopefully the recent lost at the hands of fellow top five school, West Virginia, did not hurt Maryland’s chances at landing Rose too badly. Any program in the nation could use an athletic track star at the outside linebacker/defensive end position.

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