Rose Excited About UMD Offer,Talks Recruiting

An update on Southington (Conn.) tight end Jay Rose

Around Connecticut, junior Jay Rose is known as the quarterback who led Southington High to its second straight state championship last December. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder put on a show under center, completing 70 percent of his passes for 3,190 yards and 47 touchdowns, including a scintillating 24-of-31, 348-yard, five-touchdown performance in the Class LL Large Division title game.

But apparently college coaches covet Rose more for the position he played prior to quarterback: tight end.

“I think I had a great year and showed a lot as a quarterback, but a lot of my offers are for tight end or ‘athlete’,” said Rose, who holds early verbals from Maryland, Boston College, Connecticut, N.C. State and West Virginia. “Maryland is saying athlete, most likely tight end, N.C. State says tight end and West Virginia and Uconn says tight end. But I talked to Duke, Pitt and BC for quarterback.

“I don’t really have a preference yet. I’m going to let it play out. I don’t want to burn any bridges by saying I definitely want to play quarterback or definitely tight end (laughs).”

Maryland, of course, was Rose’s most recent offer to date. He said he’d been in close contact with Terps area recruiter Keith Dudzinski and was thrilled to land the verbal Feb. 12.

“That offer was really exciting. I talked to all the coaches and it was my first time talking to Coach [Randy] Edsall,” Rose said. “It was cool to talk to the whole coaching staff. Coach Dud messaged me on Twitter and told me to call him, and I did. He said I had the offer, and then he passed the phone to like all the coaches. It was pretty wild. It’s a good staff from what I can tell. It’s exciting.”

Rose said the head coach’s comments in particular stayed with him.

“Coach Edsall was saying he likes my athleticism and how I can play quarterback and tight end. He said I bring a lot to the table,” Rose said. “It was cool; it was nice to talk to him and for him to show interest in me like that. I look forward to meeting him.”

The Connecticut product said he and Dudzinski have been in contact frequently for the last couple months. He mentioned how Dudzinski has been through Southington once before, while in recent weeks he’d been hinting an offer could arise.

“I have a really good relationship with Coach Dud. I like him a lot. We talk like two or three times a week whether it’s online or whether I call him,” Rose said. “I like how he’s recruiting me and keeping in contact with me.”

Rose said he hasn’t delved much into his Maryland research yet, however. He’s well aware the Terps compete in the Big Ten (“that’s big,” he said) and “they have really nice uniforms.”

“But other than that I really don’t know much,” Rose said. “I’m trying to learn more though, and I’m looking to get down there for a visit in the spring, probably in March.”

Rose has not seen any campuses so far this offseason, although he was at Uconn for a game last fall and BC for a camp last summer. He’ll take his first visit of 2015 to BC Feb. 21, but that’s the only trip he has scheduled at the moment.

“I’m going to be taking a few visits and just see how things play out,” said Rose, who mentioned he’s been hearing plenty from Duke, Penn State and Pitt. “I haven’t really decided if I want to stay locally for college or go farther away yet. It’s all undecided. I’ll know more later this spring.”

The Southington recruit said he doesn’t hold any favorites among his current suitors. He called all his offers “interesting” and said all the staffs currently recruiting him have shown equal interest.

Rose did admit he’d like hear more from two programs in particular, however.

“I grew up an Ohio State fan, so I’d love to hear from them. The Buckeyes and Florida. Florida would be a great one too,” Rose said.

Rose does not have a set decision date. He said he’ll let the process play out and go from there.

“I’m looking to make my [college decision] before the season, but it might be after the season if that’s how it works out with offers and visits,” he said.

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