BREAKING: WSU lands 305-pound Spokane-area OL

BREAKING: WSU lands 305-pound Spokane-area OL

HOW IMPORTANT WAS the Cougars' summer youth camp? For an offensive lineman out of the Spokane area, it was everything. Jordan Rose out of tiny Freeman High turned the heads of Cougar coaches in a big way in late June and, in the process, went from an under-the-radar prospect to holding a Pac-12 offer. On Monday, he took it to the next step and verbally pledged to become a Coug.

Jordan Rose (6-6, 305) tore it up at the Cougs' summer camp. And he tells CF.C he's looking forward to tearing it up for four more years at Washington State starting in 2014.

"I just called Coach (Clay) McGuire and verbally committed," Rose told CF.C moments ago.

Rose hails from Freeman High in Rockford, a small community just southeast of Spokane. He first went to Idaho's team camp and by the time he got to WSU, where he would spend three days on the field, he was primed.

"I was really ready to compete when I got to WSU," said Rose. "I definitely showed them what I wanted to show them ...What they said they liked about me was– they loved how I was a ‘nasty player' out there. My goal is I don't leave anyone un-pancaked.

"I went against a lot of other recruits when I was there and I ‘caked them all up. They weren't really happy about that but that's okay, I wasn't there to make friends."

ROSE SAID THE Cougars' camp was an extremely valuable learning experience.

"I love Clay McGuire -- I went to that camp for three days and I felt like my pass pro and hand fighting got so much better after only three days. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he can do over four years with me," said Rose.

Rose was offered by WSU shortly after he returned home from the camp -- the Cougs like him at left tackle. He had an offer from Idaho and Cal was starting to show some interest but he couldn't make it down for their camp. Indeed, the only two BCS-school camps he attended were WSU and UI, the two schools that offered him after seeing him live and up close.

"(WSU) gave me the OL MVP of the camp before I left and I talked to Coach Leach -- we just talked about where Freeman and other things, it was great," said Rose.

ROSE ALREADY HAS Cougar blood in his veins. His mom is a rabid Coug, and his grandfather and several cousins, aunts and uncles have all attended Washington State.

"I've always wanted to be a Coug," said Rose. "It's a great feeling to be part of this program… the brand new facilities, I love the coaching staff -- there's no cons to going there. It's all pros. It's just a great feeling.

"I grew up watching WSU, when I play video games I'm always WSU. All the kids I go to school with, its been their dream to play for WSU and it's been mine too. I knew I was going to (commit), I just didn't know when. Today was that day."

  • Before he was ready for kindergarten, Rose could already sing the Cougar Fight Song.