Rose Returns From OSU Visit

Defensive end Rob Rose from Cleveland Glenville took an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Rose previously visited USC and is not sure if he will take any more official visits. We caught up with Rose for the latest.

Cleveland Glenville defensive end Rob Rose made an official visit to Ohio State over the weekend.

He's been to OSU many times, but was happy to see what goes on behind the scenes for a change.

"It went good," Rose said. "I saw the inside scoop. I saw what people don't see when they just come down for a game. I saw it all. I saw the players, I saw the practice, I saw the facilities, the dorms, locker rooms, equipment rooms, I saw it all. It was just good seeing everything and getting to know the people better."

Rose, ranked as the No. 17 defensive end in the country by, was hosted by Doug Worthington on the visit.

"He was cool; I can get along with him," Rose said. "He's someone I can look up to when I come there… if I come to OSU."

Rose has taken just one other official visit.

"I went to USC in September," he said. "That was fun."

Rose was asked if he has any other official visits scheduled.

"Not that I know of," he said. "I'm supposed to go to Tennessee and Michigan State, but I'm not sure if I'll go on those or not."

Rose (6-5, 250, 4.62) could probably grow into a defensive tackle if he desired. But he says he wants to say on the edge in college.

"They all want me as a defensive end," Rose said.

Rose enjoyed meeting one-on-one with OSU head coach Jim Tressel during his visit.

"He doesn't really talk about football," Rose said. "He just talks about my grades and about getting my degree and being successful in life. And even if I don't finish school, just to come back and still get my degree."

Rose says he's in good standing academically.

"I'm doing good, I'm fine," he said. "I won't have a problem qualifying. My core GPA is a 2.5 and my cumulative is a 3.4. I got a 15 on my ACT."

Rose watched Ohio State's 25-21 comeback victory over Michigan on television, but he felt much closer to the action.

"I felt like I was there, man," he said. "Felt like I was on the sidelines."

So, when can fans expect a decision from Rose? Will he decide soon, or wait close to signing day?

"I'll make my decision at the (Army) All-American game the first weekend of January," he said. "I'm going to pull a hat out the bag."

Rose is not ready to tip his hand one way or the other.

"Nah, it's a secret," he said. "You'll find out."

Rose, who also plays basketball for Glenville, can bench 300, squat 310 and has a vertical of 29 inches.

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