Rose Loves Gamecocks
Rose, who measures in at a solid 6'2 and 220 pounds, put together a stellar junior season, but he is more than willing to share the credit for that success with his fellow teammates.
"I had 163 tackles, twenty-something tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 5 sacks, and 12 touchdowns on offense last season," said Rose. "We had a real good defensive line, and they had been playing together four years. I've also got a linebacker beside me (Bruce Taylor) that's going to Virginia Tech, so everybody's looking at him. That allowed me to do pretty good. I had a lot of help, but I try to work hard in the weight room everyday. Good things happen to good people who work hard"
Recruiting interest is beginning to heat up for Rose, as several top programs are expressing strong interest in him, but according to Rose, one school already stands above the rest.
"I really, really want to go to South Carolina. I really like the coach, and the location is not too far from home. South Carolina is where I want to go. North Carolina, Penn State, Clemson, Connecticut, and Virginia Tech are showing me interest, but South Carolina is where I really want to go."
The Myrtle Beach standout is currently awaiting his SAT scores, but he believes that once those arrive, several offers will follow.
"I can't really get an offer without an SAT score, and this is the first time I took my SAT's recently. I feel like I did alright, so as long as my scores are OK and I keep my grades up, I think I'm going to be offered pretty soon."
Rose, who plans to visit USC for junior day on March 3rd, described what his strengths are on the football field.
"I just go hard every play. You can rest when you die. You've just got to go hard every play. If there's something you love, you've got to work as hard as you can and never give up. As far as my strengths, I'm pretty good at reading the ball off the snap, like where it's at and where it's going. My instincts just kick in right when the ball snaps. Linebacker comes natural to me. It's God given talent, and I thank God"
Coach Scott Early, who coaches Rose at Myrtle Beach High School, echoed those sentiments by his star player.
"He's the hardest hitting football player I've ever been around," said Early. "He loves the game. The game is everything to him, and he plays like it. I think when everybody started to offer and wanted to sign Bruce (Taylor), they found out there‘s another kid that plays beside him that‘s probably as good as he is."
Rose also talked about his relationship with friend and teammate Bruce Taylor, who will join Rose to create one of the fiercest linebacker tandems in the state next season.
"We're good friends. We hang out on the weekends. The team chemistry is great. Having somebody of that caliber beside me takes all the pressure. I mean they can block him or they can block me. They can't double team us, so somebody's going to make the tackle. As long as we're winning games, I don't care who it is."
Lastly, Rose, who is being recruited by Coach Steve Spurrier Jr. for the Gamecocks, said that he is anxiously awaiting a possible South Carolina offer in the coming weeks.
"If I got offered by South Carolina today, I'd go tomorrow. I want to be a Gamecock."
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on this rising Palmetto State standout.
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