Crum's Cousin Is Getting Mail From ND

Maurice Crum Sr. jokes around with Marcel Rose, telling his nephew that he'd like to see him playing college football at Miami, since his son didn't follow in his footsteps a few years ago. Rose's cousin Maurice Crum Jr. opted for Notre Dame instead. Rose, a running back/cornerback at Cypress Creek High in Orlando, Fla., is very interested in both schools, and would like to hear more from them.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Rose has no offers yet, but said he is receiving heavy interest from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee and Florida. He is on the regular mailing list for Miami and Notre Dame. Schools that are looking at Rose to play offense, see him playing receiver on the next level and not running back.

"I like both receiver and cornerback," Marcel Rose said. " I really like both."

When Rose and his family used to visit the Crum's in Tampa, Fla., Rose would always go off with his older cousin and play football in the street and hang out doing whatever. The two built a bond back then that is still strong. They keep in touch regularly while Crum is away at school.

Rose got the opportunity to come up and watch Crum play in person and check out Notre Dame's campus for the first time, taking in the Irish-Army game this past season.

"It was a pretty nice campus, not too big, not too small," Rose said. "Just the right size campus. I like the program, the team itself and the coaches.

"When the game was over with, we went out to eat. We just talked about Notre Dame, and what I think about the school and the program. He tells me the coaches are all good. They are hard and tough, but they tell you what you're doing wrong and what you're doing right. They are always critiquing your game."

Not much to critique in Rose's game on the prep level. This past season lining up mostly in the backfield but sometimes in the slot, he rushed for 690 yards, had another 475 yards receiving scoring eight touchdowns.

"I'm real quick, so I can do those slants and digs and everything like that real well," Rose said.

At cornerback, Rose had 40 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups.

"With press coverage and man-to-man coverage, I'm really fast and quick so I can stay on top of the receivers," Rose said.

Rose, who has a GPA of 2.9, hasn't been to any camps or combines, but reports a 4.4 40-yard dash, a bench press of 245 pounds and a squat of 400 pounds. He plans to go to the upcoming Nike Camp in the area, and to a few camps this summer.

It was this time a year ago that Rose started to receive mail. His name got out there after helping Freedom High in Orlando make the playoffs for the first time in program history. Rose had 300 yards receiving, and decided transferring would better help his football career.

Besides making an unofficial visit to Notre Dame, Rose has also checked out South Carolina, Florida and Miami. His uncle, a first-team All American for the Hurricanes in 1990 took him to the Orange Bowl.

"At Miami, I didn't get a chance to see their school, but I saw their stadium, Rose said. "At Florida, everything seemed really nice and new. South Carolina, the campus was real big.

"All the coaches are telling me to keep my grades up, stay focused and keep working hard. I just have a feeling I'm going to get an offer real soon."

Rose is also a talented basketball player. Leading his team to the second round of the state playoffs, averaging 12 points and eight assists, the point guard is receiving interest from Jacksonville University.


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