Glenville's Rose Discusses OSU Offer

Cleveland Glenville junior defensive end Robert Rose received an offer from Ohio State, among other schools, following a stellar showing at the national junior combine in San Antonio. Click here for more details on this key Ohio prospect.

Much was made on national signing day about Ohio State offering Cleveland Glenville junior defensive lineman Robert Rose a scholarship.

After all, the 6-5, 240-pound Rose figures to be one of Ohio's top 10 prospects in the Class of 2006. He and teammate Ray Small, a running back/cornerback prospect, were each offered by the Buckeyes just as they were wrapping their 2005 class.

According to Rose, he already has offers on the table from OSU, Michigan State, Akron, Ball State and Eastern Michigan. He is also getting attention from plenty of other schools, including Purdue, Iowa, Maryland and Connecticut.

Regarding his early offer from OSU, Rose said, "It's exciting. I went down there for the Junior Day (Feb. 5). We went to the basketball game and I got to talk to the coaches, (assistant Mel) Tucker and Coach Tressel. They told me to keep my grades up and to stay right on track. They said they would have a spot for me if I stay on track.

"Coach Tucker is a nice guy. I met a while back and I've talked to him a lot. I like those two guys."

Rose helped Glenville post a 12-2 record this past fall. The Tarblooders reached the Division I state semifinals with Rose posing a threat off the edge.

"I feel like my speed is a big asset," Rose said. "I am quick off the ball and quicker than a lot of offensive linemen. Plus, my arms are long and that helps me sometimes with leverage."

Rose's stock rose when he appeared at the national junior combine in San Antonio. There, he was timed at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"That was a lot of fun," Rose said of his San Antonio experience. "I have gotten a lot of attention from that. While I was down there, I got a lot of attention."

Glenville will have as many as six players on OSU's roster in 2005, including Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., Donte Whitner, Curtis Terry, Jamario O'Neal and Freddie Lenix.

"That is kind of a good thing," Rose said. "Whoever decides to go to Ohio State from our school would feel at home."

Rose said Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. is the driving force behind the Glenville pipeline.

"He believes in us," Rose said. "He has faith in us. He looks at us like one of his own. Most coaches don't care about their players like this. They are just about winning. But he doesn't care about winning. He cares about you."

Rose, who holds a 3.0 GPA and will take college entrance tests in the spring, is a member of Glenville's basketball team, which is 14-3 after finishing second in the Senate League this year.

He said he will not make an early commitment.

"I am not in a hurry," he said. "I will probably make a decision on signing day next year."

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