Another Fla., LM has U-M High on List: Daron Rose

With 47 offers, this top Florida offensive lineman has the pick of the crop for his college destination. Two northern schools have made the first cut, and Michigan is one of them. spoke Wednesday with the No. 41-ranked player in the South according to, who said the University of Michigan has made his first cut from a pack of 47 offers. "Florida, USC, Duke, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, FSU, Alabama, USF, South Carolina, and Maryland are the 11 schools I'll be looking at closely," offensive tackle Daron Rose of Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla., said. "Academics are going to be the first thing I'm looking at and how I get along with the coaching staff. I would also like to be in a college town, with an atmosphere that is centered around the university."

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Rose recently returned from a trip to Alabama, where he attended the Crimson Tide's senior day camp. He said he will unofficially visit Florida State, Duke, South Carolina, and Notre Dame during the summer. "If I have the time I'll try to make it to Michigan," he said. Duke was the first school to offer, during his freshman year, Rose said. "I grew up a big fan of Notre Dame," he said. "They have a great tradition and I've always liked them."

Rose said he is being recruited by Michigan assistant head coach Erik Campbell, and is also attracted to the Wolverine tradition. "They have a great record of putting offensive lineman in the NFL," he said. Rose recently told that Michigan had made his final six.

The All-State lineman said pass blocking and agility are the strengths he carries into his senior season. "I move well laterally," he said. "Going into the spring I really focused on working on my run blocking. I'm not one of those types of players who boasts a lot about how good I am, I let my play on the field do the talking." He added that all the schools on his list were recruiting him as an offensive tackle, which is where he prefers to play.

Rose reports a 3.3 grade-point-average along with a 920 on the old version of the SAT. He said he would like to major in criminal justice. Decision time will come in January, he said. "I want to take all of my official visits."

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