Interest from Huskers welcomed by Rose

So you are looking for that great pass rusher off the edge? Look no further because he is in Ohio. The measureables are there. The speed and power is there. And yes, he has the skill.

There may not have been anyone more impressive at the Junior All-American Combine in San Antonio than Robert Rose. Rose hails from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville.

The distance traveled was impressive, but understand what all the rest of us saw. A 6-foot-4 and 240 pound defensive end that ran a 4.7 electronically timed 40, on a slow surface.

Rose more than passes the eyeball test or can light up any combine. He couldn't recall what his stats were last year, but the one honor that he did receive speaks volume to his season and his potential.

"I don't really know what my stats were last season. I won the Ohio Blue Chip Award. It is given out to the top player in the state of Ohio," Rose said.

Rose is good enough to be up to five offers and one from in-state powerhouse, Ohio State. The same team that will have as many as six players on OSU's roster in 2005, including Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., Donte Whitner, Curtis Terry, Jamario O'Neal and Freddie Lenix.

"I just got an offer from Ohio State and Ball State, Michigan, Michigan State and Akron have all offered. Ohio State, Iowa, Boston College, Purdue, Duke and a lot of others are showing a lot of interest right now. I have interest in everyone."

While Rose's name will grow like wildfire this summer and interest is sure to grow, he is planning on taking in a camp or two to follow up his combine in February. He just isn't sure where he will go to camp, yet.

"I have no idea about what other camps I will go to this summer. I was already at the Junior All-American Combine in San Antonio."

When you understand how big Rose is and then to run as fast as he does; one strength transitions right into another. "I am quick off the ball. I am quicker than just about every other defensive lineman."

Rose admits that he isn't as strong with using his hands as he would like to be. That is one area that he would like to work on this summer to be better at this fall.

As for Nebraska, they have contacted Rose before in the past. The letter he received wasn't personal though, but he is interested in hearing from Nebraska. "I got one letter from Nebraska so far. It was just a questionnaire. I do have interest in them. I really don't know much about them, but I would like to. I have heard really good things about their program."


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