Rouse played football at Newton High School (Conn.), a school that has now sent three players to the Big Ten in the last two years. However, Rouse became a victim of transfer rules, (he orignally began his high school career at Immaculate High School), illness, and injury and could only muster non-scholarship offers from the University of Massachusetts and Marist out of high school.
Therefore he went to Valley Forge to see if he could muster a scholarship offer. He made such an early impression he was named team captain. Once MSU became interested, scouts from Northwestern and Illinois stopped by, and Iowa and Boston College expressed interest.
In High School at Immaculate, he played linebacker, tight end, and then when he transferred to Newton, was asked to play quarterback, where he connected on 40 of 110 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns in two years.
"I didn't care, I just wanted to play," said Rouse when asked about his switch to quarterback at Newton.
When he got to Valley Forge, he was asked to play quarterback again, for two days, until he settled in at a linebacker position. "I had the job until a guy from Virginia came in," Josh told the Newton, CT Bee "I was very relieved."
"I wasn't happy with the way recruiting had gone as a senior (at Newton)," added Rouse. "I wanted a year where I could play and focus on one position."
Certainly it has paid off with a scholarship offer from the Spartans after Rouse wisely decided to go to Valley Forge to get the attention he sought from bigger schools.
Valley Forge is known for putting out good football players. Former Spartan Julian Peterson played there, and they currently have nineteen players on major college rosters, and eleven players currently playing in the NFL (including Peterson).
Certainly the discipline that VFMA requires will be of help to Rouse as well in his adjustment to major college football. He also runs the forty in 4.6, so he brings good speed for a linebacker.