Irish After Rose

Knowing that the number of offensive lineman on the Irish roster will shrink to no more than 10 by the time the 2006 recruiting class hits campus, a number of Notre Dame recruiting fans have been on edge waiting for the Irish staff to offer more offensive line prospects. Is Tampa, Fla. product Daron Rose (6-5, 310-pound) a player on Notre Dame's radar? Does this Florida standout have interest in traveling north to play football in South Bend?

"Yes, I'm very interested," offensive line prospect Daron Rose replied when asked if he has an interest in Notre Dame. "They offered me about a month ago. They had been recruiting me, but it was just the general recruiting stuff, not hand-written letters or anything. I was kinda surprised; it kinda caught me off guard when they offered.

"I always liked them growing up, tradition-wise you can't find anything better."

The natural question is how does a kid growing up in Florida end up rooting for Notre Dame?

"My dad was a big ND fan when I was growing up, so I watched them," Rose explained. "My dad was a big Lou Holtz fan.

We asked Rose what interests him about the Irish.

"Football isn't everything," Rose responded. "I could go play for any team, but Notre Dame has great academics, they play a great schedule and give me a great opportunity to play in the NFL.

"Notre Dame isn't in a conference, but that's kinda smart," he continued. "They get to pick their competition and they always play one of the toughest schedules in the country – I like that.

"I want to play the best. In order to be the best you have to play the best, and Notre Dame gives you that opportunity."

We asked Rose which school he had the most interest in at this time.

"Duke, Oklahoma, USC, ND, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Louisville and Auburn," he replied.

Rose is a big man already and he's being recruited to play along the offensive side of the ball.

"I'm being recruited as a (offensive) tackle, but I'll play anywhere as long as I get on the field," Rose added.

With any Florida player, distance from home is usually a concern for any player considering Notre Dame.

"Distance won't be a problem," Rose said when asked if going away for school would be a problem for him.

Rose reports a 3.1 GPA and a 920 SAT.

Comments: The Irish staff seems to have found themselves another top offensive lineman prospect. Rose is a big, physical offensive lineman and better yet, he grew up an Irish fan. Although he is a Notre Dame fan, don't consider it a given that he will end up in South Bend. He has a bunch of quality offers and he is considering all of them. Notre Dame will have a great shot, but this is long from over. Top Stories