Rose Still Has Terps In Mind

Maryland has had an offer out to Southington (Conn.) tight end/quarterback Jay Rose since February, but since then the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has been relatively silent.

Maryland has had an offer out to Southington (Conn.) tight end/quarterback Jay Rose since February, but since then the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has been relatively silent. He hasn’t taken a single college visit since the winter, even as the offers have piled up and recruiters have been streaming through his school.

“I’ve just been really busy with track and school, so I haven’t been able to get out except for a couple camps so far,” said Rose, who holds offers from UMD, Temple, UMass, West Virginia, Boston College, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. “But I plan on taking a bunch of trips this summer. I’m in the process of getting that all settled now.”

Rose was originally supposed to trek to College Park, Md., for the first time in March… then in April … and then in May. But he’s pushed back each intended trip and now plans to see Maryland this June.

“I still have high interest in Maryland, and it’s one of the schools I definitely want to see,” Rose said. “I might do a camp there and then visit, or just visit; I’m setting that up with Coach Dud [Keith Dudzinski] now. I’m definitely getting down to Maryland, for sure, and then West Virginia and Penn State. Those are three schools that have caught my eye some and I want to see. I’ve already been to BC, Uconn and Pitt, but that was back in the winter.”

The Southington product said Dudzinski stopped by the high school in late April, the second time he’d visited. Rose wasn’t able to speak to him at length, but the two did say, “Hi.”

“I saw Coach Dud talking to my coach and waved at him. I like Coach Dud a lot,” Rose said. “We message all the time on Twitter, and we talk about all kinds of things. He asks how track is going, how I’m doing with my grades, stuff like that. He was telling me how Maryland is a great business school, which I really like because that’s what I want to major in. And then Coach Dud was saying how he’s a Connecticut guy and Coach [Randy] Edsall is a Connecticut guy too. So we have that connection too. I like talking to him.”

Rose said the Terps continue to recruit him as a tight end. He doesn’t have a true preference on his college position, but noted how Maryland’s Big Ten affiliation has “definitely” caught his eye.

“The Big Ten is like my favorite conference and so far Maryland is the only Big Ten school that’s offered me,” Rose said. “So that’s one of the main reasons I want to check them out in June. Plus it’s a great school and I hear great things about the coaches and the direction they’re going.”

WVU is another program that seems to be standing out. Rose said he exchanges messages with the Mountaineers’ area recruiter “a lot,” and he’s excited to see Morgantown, W.Va., as well.

Penn State, meanwhile, hasn’t anted up yet, but Rose suggested an offer could materialize following a camp or visit.

“There’s a lot of schools that haven’t offered yet that could be offering once I visit or if I go to a camp,” Rose said. “Virginia has been in to see me, Rutgers has stopped by, Wisconsin has been in, Penn State has been in and a few more. I think Penn State might be closest to offering; we talk a lot.”

Rose insisted there’s not one particular offer he’s looking for (other than Ohio State, his stated dream school, although the Buckeyes haven’t had any contact), nor is he claiming any true frontrunners at this point. He said he has to see what scholarships materialize the rest of the spring, and then take several visits before formulating any kind of leaderboard.

“Everyone that’s offered is kind of at the top for me,” Rose said. “I’m not leaning any one way yet.”

Some factors Rose will be considering once he resumes trips include how he’s used in a particular offense, how soon he’ll see the field, the depth chart and his relationship with the staff. He said location doesn’t matter much, although he’d like to stay on or around the East Coast.

It’s also possible Rose will camp at several more prominent programs to try and cull out offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State. He hasn’t completely decided whether he’ll go that route or not yet, though.

As far as his college position is concerned, Rose said Uconn, BC, Temple and UMass want him at quarterback, while the rest of his suitors are saying tight end. He reiterated he doesn’t prefer one spot over the other, however.

“I’m going to be strictly a quarterback this year for Southington, but in college I’ll play either one,” Rose said. “Whatever gets me on the field quicker, I’ll do.”

Rose said he’d like to have his college selected sometime in late summer, but he’s open to pushing the date back if he feels he needs to see more schools.

“A lot is going to depend on what schools I get to see, what I think about my visits and what offers come in,” said Rose, who runs the 100 meters in 11.4 seconds. “Ideally I want to get this [his recruitment] done before my senior season, but we’ll see how it goes.”

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