2012 Signee Spotlight: Michael Rose

Michael Rose was the Huskers first commitment in the 2012 class and could go down as the best one before it's all said and done.

Michael Rose:

6-foot-0, 230 pounds / Rockhurst HS (Kansas City, MO)

"Michael Rose fits the Nebraska defense like a glove, especially now since they are in the Big Ten. He's one of the bigger, more physical defensive type of guys, who can run down a ball carrier sideline-to-sideline. He's just a really tough player."
- Greg Powers, FoxSportsNext National Recruiting Analyst

2012 Scout.com HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: MLB Pos Rank: #14 Pos Rating:

Senior Honors: Under Armour All-American, Missouri AP All-State 1st Team, Gatorade Missouri HS POY Finalist, Dick Butkus Top Linebacker Finalist

Senior Stats: 104 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 4 BR

The Lowdown: Rose will take home the honor of being the Huskers first commitment in the 2012 class. Back in July of 2010, a skinnier Rose impressed the coaching staff enough at a summer camp to offer the soon to be junior. Rose committed just soon after, but opened up his recruitment in January of 2011 to reevaluate his options. Less than two months later, he was a Husker again.

Rose wears No. 30
"Nebraska is the best place for me and I feel real comfortable there," Rose said at the time. "I am really excited to be re-affirmed and convicted that Nebraska is the place for me!"

Shortly after, the Kansas City product became one of Nebraska's biggest cheerleaders, you could say he was the Huskers second recruiting coordinator. The linebacker took it upon himself to not only call, but Facebook other recruits who were considering their options. He made it a point to be at nearly every home game, just in case uncommitted players wanted to talk. He even worked on high profile players at the Under Armour All-American game in Florida, despite many of them being committed to other programs. Rose did everything he could to make the 2012 class special and expect it going forward in future classes.

On the field, Rose has impressed scouts with his defensive awareness. While he might not have blazing speed for a linebacker his size, he always seems to be near every play before it begins to develop. The three times Big Red Report was able to see Rose in person, he showed his versatility by not only being able to stop the run, but cover tight ends down field – a trait he will need to compete in the Big Ten. During the Under Armour game, he showed he was a little more athletic than given credit for, by quickly adjusting in air and tipping a pass over the middle, it was taken to the house by a defensive back who ran underneath it.

Rose has the potential to go down as not only one of the better recruits in the 2012 class, but the best. The position of linebacker was definitely a need for Nebraska and Rose should fill one spot nicely going forward.

Why Nebraska: "Nebraska is the place for me and I am going to do great things there on and off of the field and doing my ministry work for God. Without him I would not have all of the opportunity."

Who Else: Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. New Kansas head coach Charlie Weis tried to come in late on the process, but Rose told him that he wasn't interested in an official visit.

Who Recruited Him: Ross Els, John Garrison, John Papuchis

BRR Projection: Head coach Bo Pelini told Rose that he would be coming in as a WILL linebacker in year one, and with some hard work could contend for the spot left by Lavonte David - talk about big shoes to fill. But Rose has the talent to do it. He actually could project at every linebacker spot in college. Don't expect a redshirt in year one. He might not equate to being a starter, but Rose will see the field in some form or fashion.

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