2012 LB is N!

The wave of commitments for Nebraska isn't over yet. Nebraska picked up five commitments for the class of 2011 in the month of June and they already have their first in the month of July. This one though is the first one for the class of 2012. This player just got his verbal offer from Nebraska a couple of weeks ago and it didn't take long for him to pull the trigger on his commitment.

One of the top players in the midlands area next year will undoubtedly be Michael Rose. Rose, a standout linebacker from Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst, is 6-foot-0 and 210 pounds. The 2012 prospect just picked up a Nebraska offer following summer camp and made the call to Nebraska last week.

"I committed last week," Rose said. "I committed to Coach Carl Pelini and Mike Ekeler last week after we spoke. I told them that if they hold up on their end of the deal with getting an offer in writing then I was a Husker.

"Since I am going to only be a junior this year I can't technically get a written offer from Nebraska until September 1. It's just a verbal offer right now. I am just waiting to get that offer in hand and it will be official."

There is a lot of time between now and Rose's signing day, but this decision is final. Rose says that this was always about wanting to be a Husker and that it's not in his character to change his mind.

"I am committed to them 100% with that offer in my hands. I am done. I want to be a Husker. I am not about decommitting. That's not me and it's not what I want to do. I'm done."

There were a lot of things going in Nebraska's favor when it came to wanting to be a Husker. Rose cites the coaching staff first and also the close proximity to home from Kansas City.

"The relationship with the people that I am going to be around up there I am very comfortable with. I will be comfortable working with that staff for four or five years working with them on the field and them molding me personally.

"Of course it was big for me that the school is so close to home. I look forward to weekends that my family and friends can get up to Lincoln to see me play in a game. That is a big thing. I can always get home when I need to."

Overall, the direction that Nebraska is going with their team and their program is what Rose really likes. Nebraska's defense was ferocious last year and Rose looks forward to earning a Blackshirt one day.

"I just feel comfortable up there at Nebraska with what Nebraska is doing with everything. They are going in a very good direction with the program in general.

"I am excited to get up there to play for Bo Pelini and Carl Pelini and to be a future Blackshirt. I smile when I think about that. It's an honor to be considered a kid that can play for Nebraska."

Rose is heading to a combine in a few weeks that he qualified for after earning linebacker MVP honors. "I go to the National Underclassmen Top Prospects later this month. That is the one that I qualified for last month and its July 23 and 24 at Norman. After that we get ready to start our own mini-camp."

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