Rose Taking a Break from Recruiting

After spending the majority of his spring and summer traveling to college campuses, Robert Rose has decided to shift his focus from his recruitment to his senior football season.

"At this moment right now I'm not even thinking about it I'm just thinking about my season," said Rose. "After the season I'll know what's going on, but right now that's really not one of my main concerns."

Rose, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, logged over 3,000 miles of travel. For his efforts, Rose has established a solid list of five favorites from his over 20 scholarship offers.

Surprisingly, North Carolina made the cut despite not being included in Rose's travels.

"I don't know it's just something about them that stands out to me," said Rose. "I like them, I like them a lot. I like the coaches – they seem like they are nice people. I like the program – I see how they put people into the pros."

Ohio State, Illinois, LSU, and Florida round out the reminder of Rose's favorites list – all have offered.

Just like Rose, the North Carolina coaching staff has also taken a break from recruiting – due to NCAA regulations, of course. However, when they were in contact, they said a lot of things Rose wanted to hear.

"[No contact] right now, but I don't think they can," said Rose. "Before they would call and texted me. They were just telling me how I can really play right away, and how I would be a good addition to the team, and how I'm the next Julius Peppers."

When Rose, who claims equality among his favorites, resumes his recruitment, he figures to include an official visit to North Carolina among his plans.

A four-star recruit, Rose is the 13th ranked defensive end in the country and 12th ranked prospect in the talent-rich Ohio.

Last season, Rose totaled 70 tackles and eight sacks for Glenville High School. This season Glenville boosts at least eight division I-A recruits and is the alma mater of Ohio State's sophomore sensation Ten Ginn, Jr.

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