Rose Will Finish Visits This Weekend At MSU

By now it's no mystery whether or not Robert Rose and Ray Small of Glenville High School will be attending the same college next fall. They've already taken three official visits together and will take a fourth one together at Michigan State this weekend. In the end Rose, Small and fellow Tarblooder Bryant Browning will likely all end up at the same school together. Rose will be the first of the three to publically announce his intentions at the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 7.

Three down and one to go. Robert Rose of Glenville High School visited Tennessee last weekend and will finish his recruiting tour this week with a stop at Michigan State.

"Everything is going really good," Rose said. "It's almost over now. It got really busy at one point with all of the late night phone calls and all of the mail coming to the house but I'm going to miss it when it's over."

Rose said his recent visits to Tennessee and Ohio State, where he was hosted by Doug Worthington, both went well.

"It was real cool at both places," he said. "The most important thing was that I felt real comfortable at both places and I felt like I can really make an impact at both places at some point."

Meeting new people and talking to coaches like Phillip Fulmer and Jim Tressel made the visits all the more special for Rose.

I remember watching Coach Tress on television in the national championship game when I was in the ninth grade and now I'm sitting in his office, just me and him, and he's talking to me like (Ted Sr.) Ginn talks to me," Rose said. "And we're talking about life and getting a degree and knowing what I want to do with my life outside of football."

Obviously, like Ginn, Tressel would love to play a big role in Rose's life during his football career as he offered Rose and Ray Small a scholarship to Ohio State last signing day. It's been rumored for the longest time that Rose and Small will sign a letter of intent to the same school come this signing day on Feb. 1.

"Me, Ray and Bryant (Browning) talk a lot about our visits," Rose said. "We'll probably make our decision together but we might announce it at different times."

Rose, who will turn 18 on Dec. 24, will announce his decision in front of a live national audience at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio on Jan. 7. He said that he's really grateful to have the opportunity to play in the prestigious national all-star game.

"It's real big and it really means a lot to me just to have the chance to play in the game," said Rose who currently checks in at an imposing 6-5 and 260 pounds. "You know basketball is actually my first love and this is like the McDonald's all-star game for football. It's a dream come true for me as a football player."

Playing basketball helps Rose to stay in shape during the off-season because he doesn't always have the money for a personal trainer.

"I love basketball and it's important to me to play well, and I'm going to continue giving it my all when I come back from San Antonio. It's the last time that I'll get to play organized basketball," Rose said. "But as soon as basketball is over it's 100 percent football again. I'll go back to having a personal trainer and get in the best shape as I possibly can for my freshman year."

Ohio State has always been at the very top of Rose's list of where he'll continue his football career at in his freshman year and they remain that way with only one more official visit to make.

"Ohio State's number one, then USC, then Tennessee," Rose said. "But you'll have to wait until I pull a hat out of the bag to know which one it will be."

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