Pack Still in it for Rose?

Simpsonville (SC) linebacker Mike Rose has been adding offers. Is the Pack still in the mix? Pack Pride has the latest.

NC State was the first school to offer a scholarship to Mike Rose, but they haven't had much contact with him of late.

That's mostly due to NCAA regulations which limit the amount of contact a coaching staff can have with a prospect, and Rose is well aware of that. He appreciates the fact that NC State was the first school to offer him a scholarship, but as the recruiting process moves forward he wants to know that he's just as high a priority for the Pack as he was when they first offered him a scholarship.

"NC State was the first school to give me an offer," he said. "I'll be (considering them) if they keep doing what they were doing before the summer, just keeping in touch."

Assistant coach Jim Bridge has been assigned the recruiting duties for Rose, and the 6-3, 215-pound prospect from Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest said the two had built a good relationship before the summer. He hopes to talk to him more later this summer and into the fall.

NC State isn't the only school that's pursuing Rose, of course. Auburn, East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Wake Forest and West Virginia are the other schools that have offered scholarships, so he has no shortage of options. That's a good thing, but it will also make his decision difficult, whenever he decides to sit down and make it. He won't be slowing down any time soon.

"I was just at Georgia for their Dawg Night," he said. "It went pretty good. I'd say it was enjoyable. The coaches looked and me and said they thought I'm pretty good. We'll see what happens.

"This coming August I'm gonna be doing a lot of things. I'm going to Wake Forest, Maryland and NC State. All of them have offered scholarships."

Rose said he is being recruited to play both defensive end and outside linebacker in college, and that will not be a decisive factor in his decision-making process.

The best asset of Rose is undoubtedly his speed. He has been clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Perhaps his biggest hurdle will be finding a position that best suits him and his athletic skills.

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