NJ RB Staying Ahead

Jaslee Rouson knows how to carry the load on the field, having played several different positions for his team at Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School. Switching between fullback and tailback in addition to time on defense, he is a selfless player that is willing to help his team get ahead. Off the field, Rouson is working right now to get ahead in the classroom, in the weightroom, and in recruiting.

"I am going to be doing a lot of unofficial visiting this August. This month of July, I am in summer school classes so I can get an edge on the fall," says the 5-foot-10, 220 pounder who plans to graduate next June.

Rouson is taking courses in Algebra while working hard in the weightroom with his father, a former NFL player himself.

"My dad and I run and lift together, he is my workout trainer, and I have a speed trainer named Chuck Mound from Randolph, New Jersey and he works with me four days a week."

Rouson says that his father having gone through the recruiting process is helping Jaslee understand the importance of taking visits and being patient on and off the field.

"My dad was the number two recruit in the nation in 1979 and he has been through a lot of this. He feels that he made a sudden decision for his college choice, and he doesn't want to see me do the same. He isn't telling me what to do, he is just in the shadows and trying to steer me in the right direction."

So far, Rouson holds offers, thanks in part to that direction, from Maryland, Syracuse, and Rutgers. With the upcoming visit tour, he hopes to add to that total when schools are able to see the three-star prospect in person.

"I am going to add a couple of schools to the list, but the schools that I am visiting in August unofficially are UNC, Wake Forest, Virginia, West Virginia, Syracuse most likely, and Maryland as well. Those are schools that I am going to visit definitely, but there are going to be at least five other schools that I will visit.

I am definitely looking to get to know the coaches on the visit. Honestly, I think that some people feel players make commitment decisions for shallow reasons, so I am looking at all aspects of the game and my relationship with the coaches are going to be up there.

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