"I'm excited because I haven't played football since January," he said. "I am excited to just get back into it."
The 6-5, 260-pound Rose will be one of many stars on display in Saturday's game, although he will be the only OSU signee on the North squad. He may go head-to-head at times in the game with OSU signee Connor Smith, a lineman for the South team from Cincinnati Colerain.
"We talk all the time," Rose said of Smith. "He is a pretty good player. He always brags about his (championship) ring. I can't say too much. We plan on going against each other in practice. But I'm versatile, I think I can go inside and play tackle."
Rose, a rangy end prospect with 4.7-second speed in the 40, helped lead Glenville to a 12-1 mark as a senior. He made 77 tackles (45 solo) with 17 sacks and one interception. He also had two forced fumbles, one recovered fumble and blocked a field-goal attempt.
As a senior, he earned first-team All-Ohio honors in Division I and was also a member of the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He was a big force for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He talked about what he enjoys about playing football.
"Coming off that edge, it's like everything just freezes and it's quiet," he said. "Then, when you get up there and make a sack, you just hear everybody screaming."
Rose has always enjoyed playing basketball. But he added track and field to his repertoire this spring. He placed sixth in the Division I state meet in the shot put with a throw of nearly 57 feet.
"I always know I can do better, but I was just happy to place and get my team some points," he said. "It came down to a few points (for the championship). I'm excited because I will get a ring. I had never won a state championship before."
As noted, basketball was Rose's sport. But he realized he could go farther in football.
"I just started focusing more on football," he said. "I stopped going to the summer basketball games and the camps and the AAU stuff. It was all football for me. Basketball was my first love. I thought I was going to the pros. But then I saw everybody else blossoming and I didn't have the skills other people had. At my size, I'm a wing, not really a post person. I didn't want to just be an average person in basketball. I saw I could be a star in football.
"I like football better now. In basketball season, I will always get excited because I'm a big basketball fan. But football is what's going to pay the bills for me."
When Saturday's game is over, Rose will cross town and prepare to begin his career as a student and football player at OSU. Summer quarter classes begin on Monday.
"I will move in on Sunday," Rose said. "I'll be taking one or two classes. I'll start working out and running with the team and just get ready to go."
The Buckeyes seem to have a good two-deep at defensive end with Jay Richardson, Lawrence Wilson, Vernon Gholston and Alex Barrow set at those two spots. But Rose wants to come in and try and push for playing time.
"If I come in and compete with my head on right, I feel like I have a good chance to do anything," he said. "I'm not going to doubt myself and say I can't. I just have to see how it goes. I'm just happy for the opportunity."
"It's always good to see familiar faces," Rose said. "I think I have an edge on some of the other guys because they've been telling me what the deal is at Ohio State forever, since I was in the 10th grade. I think that will give me a good head start.
Rose said he is looking forward to playing for OSU defensive coordinator/line coach Jim Heacock.
"I sat in on a couple of practices," he said. "I am excited about his style of coaching. He's not too hard and not too soft. I am excited to see what he has to teach me."
About The Classic
This will be the 61st annual Ohio North-South Classic, making it the longest running high school football all-star game in the nation.
Four Ohio State signees are in the game. The three OSU signees on the South team are Springboro tight end Jake Ballard and the Cincinnati Colerain duo of linebacker Tyler Moeller and offensive lineman Connor Smith. Cleveland Glenville defensive end Robert Rose will be on the North squad.
Twelve players in the game have received Big Ten scholarships, while at least 41 of the 68 players in the game will play Division I football beginning this fall.
John Magistro of Bellaire coaches the South, while Vic Whiting of Canal Fulton Northwest coaches the North.
Players and coaches from each side are practicing each day this week at Otterbein College. They will also make a variety of public appearances, including visits to Children's Hospital, Columbus City Council and a Columbus Clippers baseball game.
Tickets for the game are $10. They are available by calling Crew Stadium at (614) 447-CREW or by going to the stadium box office on game day.
The game will be televised on a tape delay basis by Fox Sports Net Ohio. It is set to air Thu., June 22, at 8 p.m. on FSN Ohio. It will also be broadcast live by WCLT-FM (100.3) of Newark and on the Internet at www.broadcastmonsters.com