I've always wondered when I read about Nick Saban offering a freshman in high school a scholarship to Alabama or about an eighth grader that gets a scholarship offer. Heck, I even wondered about Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy when he offered a sophomore offensive tackle in Southmoore standout Brey Walker.
Then I saw Walker in person and I didn't need to ask any questions. The 6-5, 300-pound Walker answered them all. What I've discovered is that for me to believe a younger player is truly a prospect and can grow into the kind of player that deserves a Division I college scholarship I have to see them in person.
Keivie Rose is a 2019 tight end prospect and he may end up being a prospect on the defensive side of the ball. He is athletic and runs well (4.76) and he plays basketball at Henderson, Texas as well. He was by far the most impressive among the literal hand full of tight end prospects at the Mary Hardin-Baylor satellite camp on Saturday in Tyler.
Henderson is just a few miles down the road and you could tell the 6-2, 242-pound Rose was excited to work out in front of that many college coaches. It was actually Oklahoma State's Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo that was putting the tight ends through the drills.
Rose claims he needs to improve on routes but his blocking seemed fine. He is strong and powerful. The hope is that he would add a few inches and if he doesn't I'm a big believer that he can flip over to defense and find a spot there. He claims he has already heard from Oklahoma State and after the camp on Saturday in Tyler he had several coaches that wanted to speak with him before he left.