The Recruiting Rose

In recent weeks, Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 3-star MLB Michael Rose has reached out to other Nebraska offerees and prospects. What does this mean in the once considered "soft verbal's" recruitment? He talks with Big Red Report inside. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out!

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Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 3-star linebacker Michael Rose's recruitment has been an interesting one to follow. Last July as a soon to be junior, Rose committed to Nebraska, but opened things back up in January after deciding to take in a few junior days and spring practices.

In April at the Nike Training Camp in Fort Worth, Texas, Rose told Big Red Report's Josh Harvey that he was still keeping his eyes open for opportunities. Stating, "Nebraska is my number one until someone knocks them off the top, that is what it's going to take."

Fast forward to now mid-May and Rose's recruitment has taken what seems to be a new turn, one Husker fans will ultimately get excited about. The nationally ranked No. 11 middle linebacker says his visits are done and he's out proving it. By helping the Nebraska coaching staff recruit other players to Lincoln.

Rose is thought to be just one of
three to four linebackers taken in the Nebraska 2012 class

"I myself have been personally 100 percent since I committed to them, but my dad, who is a Nebraska fan, pushed me to make sure I was making the right decision," said Rose. "He told me he would love to see me in a Husker uniform coming out of that tunnel, but to do it for the right reasons, not for him or because my family wanted to see me play there. I needed to make my decision for me. I'm going to be the one at the university for four to five years, so in the end it's about me.

"So my dad signed me up to take other visits at schools I could possibly see myself playing at. Some of them I went on, some of them I didn't go on. But even turning down those visits, I know what I'm turning down and what I would be missing. I just know in my heart and mind that not many schools can rival Nebraska when it comes to the people, facilities, and the atmosphere. The overall genuineness of the fans is one of a kind. I'm definitely proud to say that I will be part of that in the future."

In the recent days and weeks, Rose says he has reached out to fellow Nebraska prospects: middle linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, MO), middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert (Erial, NJ), and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, MO). Along with other prospects and offerees he has met at various camps and combines through the years.

"Facebook is probably the biggest recruiting tool ever invented. I can reach guys all over the country," said Rose. "It's just a great tool to use."

While Rose has held the honor of being the only Nebraska 2012 commitment for some time now, late last week he got some company, when 3-star Illinois wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp committed to the Huskers' program.

"I thought it was a great pickup. I knew a little about Jordan before he committed. I saw a highlight tape a couple weeks ago and saw a pretty athletic kid catching the ball and yards after the catch. I see a lot of intangibles when it comes to route running and all of that," said Rose. "After he committed I sent him a message on Facebook and we got in contact a little bit. Now we are just trying to get some more guys to sign up with us.

"We both know Nebraska has some big plans up ahead and any way we can make an impact on recruiting would be great. They already have a great team in Lincoln right now, but our 2012 class wants to help put us over the top. It would nice if the rich got richer."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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