Over the past several weeks, we have unveiled Ohio High's top 105 football prospects for the Class of 2006. Today, we are up to the No. 9 spot on the list. Here is Duane Long's capsule on this prospect:
7. ***** Robert Rose 6-5
238 DE/OLB Cleveland Glenville
I remember when Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen came back from a visit to Glenville and how excited he was and impressed by Robert Rose. "He looks like an NFL player right now," Helwagen said.
That seems to be the consensus opinion with Rose. It is just a matter of time before we see this specimen turn into the kind of player that makes a living playing football. He does not have a lot of reps under his belt, and he had not been playing top-level football anyway as he just came to Glenville last year.
I spoke to Glenville head coach Ted Ginn right before signing day, and he believed he had played Rose out of position as a defensive tackle last year, rightly believing before the season that Rose would grow into a tackle by the time he was ready to play at the college level. Ginn said if he had it to do all over again, he would play him at defensive end, and will do so this year.
Rose is off to a good start after a 4.7 40 time at the junior combine in Texas and already has a written offer from Ohio State, Michigan State, and LSU, among others. Recruiting is not about the best high school players right now; it is about the best college players three or four years from now. They say hindsight is 20/20. Down the road a few years, if Rose becomes the player I think he will become, fans will be asking me why he wasn't No. 1 in this class. He has only scratched the surface of what he can be, and the sky is the limit.
We also have a video interview of Rose, conducted recently at the recent photo shoot and ceremony for the Tremendous 26 for the Ohio High School Football Guide, which provides capsules for football teams all over the state. To order your copy of the guide, check out http://www.jjhuddle.com/update/OHSSP2005.htm
Rose discusses the latest with recruiting and provides some insight as to when we might see a decision. You will need Windows Media Player to check out the interview. The interview is just over 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Click Below:
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