Rose Reflects On OSU Camp, Bus Tour

Cleveland Glenville defensive lineman Robert Rose, one of Ohio High's top 10 prospects in the state, discusses his recent participation in a bus tour of 10 different college camps. Rose was among the most impressive performers at Saturday's Senior Advanced Camp at Ohio State. Click here for more.

One of the unqualified stars of Saturday's Senior Advanced Camp at Ohio State was Cleveland Glenville defensive lineman Robert Rose.

For Rose (6-5, 240, 4.7), it was the final stop as part of Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr.'s 11-day tour of 10 different college camps.

Rose, ranked as Ohio's seventh-best senior-to-be by Ohio High, reflected on the tour, which included players from Glenville as well as other schools around the state.

"It was kind of different," Rose said. "Some of the people we were with, I wasn't familiar with them. It was neat that I got to meet a lot of new people. I got to see some other universities and meet the coaches and see how they would act toward me. I got to see if they were serious or just trying to sell me a bunch of dreams."

The tour saw the players venture to Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Notre Dame, Purdue, Wisconsin and OSU. They covered nearly 3,000 miles in the process.

Rose reflected on some of his favorite stops.

"I liked Illinois, Iowa and Notre Dame," Rose said. "At Notre Dame, the coaches were cool. They tried to teach me some new techniques. I think they wanted to see how I would react to new techniques. It was what they taught their guys. It wasn't anything I'd seen before. I liked their coaching staff."

What did he like most about the excursion?

"Just bonding with my teammates," Rose said.

And what was the worst part?

"That bus," Rose said. "We were on the bus longer than we were anywhere. That was difficult."

In fact, the bus tour was derailed at one point by a flat tire. Also, the air conditioning on the bus cut out at one point.

But Rose and his Glenville mates did not seem to be any worse for the wear upon appearing at OSU Saturday.

"There was a lot of competition," Rose said. "I liked the way Coach (Jim) Heacock acts toward me. I liked the way they treated me."

Believe it or not, Rose is eager to take in one more camp stop.

"I think I have one more camp to go to at North Carolina on July 15," he said.

When asked for his top schools, Rose listed OSU, LSU, North Carolina and Illinois as his early top four. All have offered.

"There are a lot of schools I'm interested in," he said. "Those are just the top ones. I'm not in any hurry to make a decision."

Rose helped Glenville advance to the Division I state semifinals as a junior.

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