With just 80 scholarship players on roster, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have some wiggle room to reward walk-ons players for their good play or to accept transfers.
On Friday, they added to the list.
Keith Etheredge, who coached Rose at Leeds High School, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that his former star left the team for "personal reasons."
"He's very excited and probably exhausted mentally," said Charles Rose, on his son's decision.
Rose was an early high school graduate and enrolled at Auburn early in 2011, earning playing time in eight contests. The former US Army All-American was the nation's No. 14 cornerback in the class of 2011. Before picking the Tigers, Rose had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Southern Miss, and Tennessee.
The mutual interest between Rose and Nebraska was sparked by the presence of new Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph. Joseph recruited Rose while he was a defensive backs coach at Tennessee.
"I didn't meet all the coaches that recruited him during the process," said Jonathan's father Charles Rose, when asked about why his son liked Joseph. "He went on a lot of trips with his coaches that I didn't go on, but I know he talked with Coach Joseph a lot back then and really liked him."
While Charles Rose had no comment on other schools who were pursuing his son, it sounds like Tennessee and Florida State were the other players. Charles was a four-year letter-winner at Auburn while Jimbo Fisher was on staff. It's been rumored he's encouraged his son to check out Florida State, but the Seminoles were already full at 85 scholarships.
On Wednesday, Big Red Report asked Joseph what goes into a decision to look into a player who wants to transfer to Nebraska.
"It has to fit right in a lot of ways," said Joseph. "First positionally, do we have a scholarship? Second, do we have any kind of connection him. Who can gives us the dirt. Then we have to evaluate all of that and make a decision best for our program.
"It takes a lot of due diligence. Guys transfer everyday, it's part of the business. But it has to be the right transfer for your program. There is a reason he's transferring. You have to find that out."
Paperwork is being finalized Big Red Report has been told and expect an announcement from Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini Saturday after practice, if not before.