The 6-3, 215-pound prospect decided to go forward with plans to officially visit NC State this weekend, however, and it turned out to be a good decision as far as he and the Wolfpack coaches are concerned.
Pack Pride spoke with Rose shortly after his official visit this weekend and learned that he has decommitted from Wake Forest and given his verbal commitment to NC State.
"I ended up taking a visit to NC State and I loved it," Rose said. "Actually, to be honest with you, I committed to NC State while I was there and I'm done with recruiting.
"To be honest about the whole Wake Forest thing I didn't have that much to compare it to as far as other schools go. Basically, when I committed to Wake Forest I kind of did it more for my family than for myself."
Rose said the coaching staff was a big factor in his decision to flip to the Wolfpack.
"Mike Archer took me to practice and showed me the defense," he explained. "I liked that and I like the big school feel. Coach (Keith) Willis is a great coach and they think I can get it done for them."
The NC State coaches are bringing Rose in as a defensive end that has the ability to drop back into coverage at times. Rose said head coach Tom O'Brien will be making the trip to Simpsonville, South Carolina -- Rose's hometown -- this Friday to visit the entire family.
Hillcrest struggled this year under a new coach and finished with a 2-8 record but Rose had an outstanding season individually. He recorded 86 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, six forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, one blocked punt and four rushing touchdowns.
Rose chose NC State over offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, ECU, and Louisville among others.