Catching up with Hillcrest (SC) LB Mike Rose

TSR cathces up with 2011 outside linebacker prospect Mike Rose. Are the Terps still on his list?

Hillcrest (SC) linebacker Mike Rose may be one of the most versatile players in the 2011 recruiting class, making him a highly touted prospect. During his years at Hillcrest Rose has played defensive end and outside linebacker, and will play free safety in his senior campaign.

Rose, 6'3" 215 lbs., has already received offers from Auburn, East Carolina, Maryland, and NC State among other schools, but says that right now he does not have a favorite school. "I try to keep them all on the table," Rose said. So far he has visited Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Rose plans on visiting Maryland in the fall, either during or after football season. Terrapins linebackers coach Al Seamonson has been a key player in recruiting Rose, offering him a spot at linebacker. "My ideal position in college would be outside linebacker where I could play in space."

While playing in the right position is vital, a quality education is also important to Rose. He is searching for a school with "good surroundings, good academics," and his major: Psychology. While Maryland has struggled to win the past couple seasons, Rose believes he can be a major factor in the rebuilding of the program. “I definitely think I can help the defense improve,” he said.

Rose says Maryland is “a nice school” and likes the fact that he is being recruited as an outside linebacker, where he believes he is most dangerous because of his ability to excel in space. Rose believes there is still a lot he can do to improve his game. “I’m trying to get my hips better to improve my lateral movement.”

To improve his play, Rose attended camps in the offseason at Georgia and South Carolina. All of the offseason camps and workouts will prepare him for his senior season at Hillcrest, in which the goal is simply, "Win the state championship."

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