Is Rose The Next Man Up?

Maryland is back on the market for a cornerback with Kareem Ali (Timber Creek/Erial, N.J.) flipping to Temple, and Potomac’s (Oxon Hill, Md.) David Rose could be next in line to fill the void.

Maryland is back on the market for a cornerback with Kareem Ali (Timber Creek/Erial, N.J.) flipping to Temple, and Potomac’s (Oxon Hill, Md.) David Rose could be next in line to fill the void. The 6-foot, 175-pound Rose impressed at two Terps one-day camps, and said the UMD staff has already contacted his head coach about him in the wake of the Ali news.

“I believe Maryland is meeting about me [July 21] to decide whether to pull the trigger or not. I’m really hoping they do,” Rose said. “That would be huge – it would be big.

“I’m not positive if I’d commit right there since I am supposed to go back to Ohio State [July 25], but I might. It’s like I don’t want to get left out on the side of the road, so when one of these big schools like Maryland comes through, I’m probably going to take it.”

Rose suggested he was nearing a Maryland offer following his June camp performance. But with Darnell Savage (Caravel/Bear, Del.) and Ali already in toe, he knew he had to wait for a spot to open up.

“I went back to Maryland for the Big Show camp too, and I did real, real good there too. Coach [Randy] Edsall, he said he loved me and he’s going to be giving me a long, hard look,” Rose said. “And Coach Stew [Brian Stewart], he said of all the DBs he worked with at the camps, he liked me the best. He said I was his top guy. So hopefully this [the offer] happens for me.”

The Potomac corner went on to detail what he likes about the Terps. He lives just minutes from College Park, Md., and would like the opportunity to play in front of friends and family. Not to mention he already has one teammate who is committed to UMD, Keiron Howard.

“I like Maryland a whole lot. It’s the hometown and I already know a lot of guys on the team,” Rose said. “I grew up with Vern [Levern Jacobs] and Taivon [Jacobs], and we played on the same little league team together. I know Sean Davis, Elvis [Dennah] – all those guys. And I like the coaching staff too. Coach Locks [Mike Locksley] recruits me, and he’s great, and Coach Stew is one of the best DB coaches out there. And then the fact that Keiron is going there too, it only makes it better.”

Rose does have a couple other schools monitoring him, however. He said Kentucky is meeting about both he and his teammate Kesean Strong July 21 as well. Virginia has also been in touch, while he wants to see what materialized with Ohio State after a second camp performance July 25.

“We’ll see what happens with Kentucky. The crazy thing is they’re thinking about offering both me and KeSean. We were both down there [July 18], and the staff really liked us there,” Rose said. “And we would like to play together in college, so if Kentucky offers us both, then that would be a great opportunity for us. We’re going up to Ohio State together too, so we’ll see what [the Buckeyes] say. I know [OSU] has two corners, but they said I’m right at the top of their board and next in line.

“KeSean, I know he has a Maryland offer too, but he has to wait to see if something opens up there. Hopefully it does. That would be great if we could both play together at Maryland.”

Rose does have several intriguing options already on the table. He just picked up an Army offer, while Toledo, Buffalo and Ohio have offered as well.

“I’m grateful for all the offers I have, and I was just at Army July 16 and thought it was interesting,” Rose said. “But everyone wants the chance to play at the FBS level, so I’m hoping one of these big schools jumps on board.”

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