Rose Earns Defensive MVP; Looks Ahead To OSU

Rob Rose is making a habit out of shining at all-star games. He was tremendous at the Army All-American Bowl in January, and was the North defensive MVP in the Ohio North-South Classic at Crew Stadium in Columbus on Saturday. Next stop for Rose is Ohio State where he is expected to make an immediate impact. We caught up with him for more.

Rob Rose is one of Ohio State's incoming freshmen that could make an immediate impact.

The defensive end from Cleveland Glenville was arguably the best player on the field at the Ohio North-South Classic on Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus. Rose (6-5, 250) was the North defensive MVP with two tackles-for-loss and one sack as his team captured a 34-13 victory.

"I hate losing, so (the outcome) always matters to me," Rose said. "If we would have lost, it wouldn't have been as much fun. But this was a great experience all week. I met some great, great friends for the rest of my life.

"I just wanted to come out, play hard, and may the best team win. We played pretty good tonight."

For Rose and the rest of the players, it marked their first football game in several months. Therefore, the game began a little sloppy.

"It's kind of tough, because everybody was a little rusty tonight," Rose said. "It takes you a while to get back in the rhythm of things. But once I started getting back in the rhythm of things, it all started coming back to me and I made some plays."

Rose was solid, but he wasn't completely satisfied with his performance.

"I felt I played OK," he said. "There was a lot of schemes to stop me. They would roll a back over to chip me. They were keying on me, so I feel that I did good. … This was just practice. I think it was preparing me for the next level. I didn't have a great night like I should have. But with all of the schemes and them keeping the tight end in, I thought I did good."

Rose went head-to-head with future OSU teammate Jake Ballard during the North-South game.

"Yeah, me and Jake went at it about five times," Rose said. "He reached me once. He got me, caught me off guard. But I got him back a couple plays, so it was all good. He'd get me and we'd laugh after the play, then I'd get him and we'd laugh.

"Afterwards, I just said, ‘Good game; see you in a minute.'"

Rose was asked for his goals for his freshman season at OSU.

"I just want to worry about my grades first off," he said. "And then just compete and play. It doesn't matter if I start or not, I just want to compete and play."

Rose oozes talent, but he knows he can get much better.

"Everything. I want to improve on everything," he said. "You're never too good to improve."

His best asset is his pass-rushing abilities. Much like Lawrence Wilson last year, Rose could step in and help the Buckeyes right away.

"My speed off the edge is my strength," Rose said. "I'm a born pass rusher, so my get-off is my strength."

Rose is already a Columbus native. When he returns to Cleveland it will be as a visitor.

"No, I'm not going home," he said. "I move in Sunday and start class Monday."

And now that he's a college man, he wants people to know what first name he prefers. He is usually listed as "Robert" but he likes the shortened version.

"Rob," he said.

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