The fullback position has become an integral part of the Wolfpack offense since the arrival of head coach Tom O'Brien. While it is not known whether any prospects have been offered at this spot currently, it is clear that State is evaluating several players. One of those that the Wolfpack coaches are keeping a close eye on is Lee Rose from Charlotte (NC) Christian School.
Lining up at both linebacker and running back, Rose rarely leaves the field and in 2006, finished off the year with nearly 500 yards rushing and three touchdowns while averaging nearly eight yards per carry. On defense he tallied 110 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and six pass breakups en route to all conference and NCISAA all-state honors.
At 6-0, 215 pounds, Rose has been limited in 2007 due to a high ankle sprain. While Christian is off to a 5-0 start, Rose has played in just over two games but tallied nearly 40 tackles and three sacks in limited action.
Air Force and Army have offered the senior standout with NC State, UNC and several other smaller schools involved as well. Rose was invited to Raleigh for the Pack's game with Clemson this past weekend and he talked about the visit with Pack Pride.
"I had a chance to talk to my recruiting coach, coach Bridge, while I was there and he really likes me at fullback," said Rose. "They're planning to come to one of my games in the near future.
"I enjoyed State and I think they're going to get better. Their penalties are down and coach O'Brien talked about how they're working on improving the discipline and getting them to play as a team. The Clemson running backs were just too much but they're going to get better because coach O'Brien knows what he's doing."
In addition to the Pack, Rose is also being recruited by UNC as a fullback and he hopes to visit there soon. He said the Carolina coaches have told him they plan to come down and scout one of his games as well. What the Heels and Pack ultimately do could play a large role in the future of Rose's recruiting.
"Schools like Furman, Elon, Richmond and Wofford have told me they'll offer but they want to wait and see what State and Carolina are going to do first."
For the time being, Rose says he isn't ready to name favorites just yet and is content to wait it out to see what comes his way.
"Right now I'm just leaving everything open," he said. "I want to see what offers come my way so I don't think I'll be making a decision anytime soon."