Being the first school to offer a recruit can pay huge dividends when the decision time rolls around, and the Pack may have the inside track with Mike Rose because of that.
NC State became the first school to offer the 6-3, 215-pound linebacker on Tuesday of last week.
Rose, who projects as either a defensive end or outside linebacker in college, had a huge junior season for Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest. He recorded 116 tackles on defense while rushing for 195 yards and four touchdowns on only 12 carries.
Most impressively, perhaps, Rose recorded eight blocks on special teams -- six kicks and two punts. That's the kind of stat that makes you think a prospect could find himself on the field early in his career.
"The tight ends coach came to my school about two months ago," Rose said of NC State, referencing coach Jim Bridge. "I haven't visited them yet but I'll probably do that sometime in the summer, way before my senior season.
"I like NC State because they have my major, sports psychology. Academically they have everything I need."
Rose described himself as an outside linebacker with the ability to rush the passer but also play in space. Though he denies having any favorites, you have to believe NC State is in a solid position.
Despite his interest in the Pack, it might be difficult to beat out the two major in-state schools.
"I've been to Clemson many times because they're right up the road from me," he pointed out. "I like Clemson and my mom went to South Carolina. I'm pretty neutral on the subject of favorites, though."
Rose said almost all the schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as Kansas State and Alabama, have shown interest.
Pack is First Team to Offer Rose
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