4-star OT with WSU offer more than a name

RENO ROSENE out of Westlake Village, Calif. was named after a movie character – a quarterback. However, the 6-7, 320-pound junior out of Oaks Christian High long ago outgrew that position. Rosene, ranked the No. 20 offensive tackle in the 2015 Class, won't be coming up to the Cougs' junior day event in early March. But that, he says, might be a good thing…

"I might go up to Washington State in a couple weeks," said Rosene. "They said I don't have to be there for their junior day (March 7) but that I could come up and do my own thing up there. So it would be kinda like my own private junior day with them."

That "couple weeks" Rosene referenced actually might be more like 4-6. Rosene said the Cougs have talked to him about how they'd like him to take in a spring practice or two at Washington State, and the feeling is mutual. Spring drills begin March 27 out on the Palouse.

WSU ASSISTANT Paul Volero is running the recruiting point on Rosene.

"Coach Volero, I talk to him mostly, they're putting in brand new facilities there worth millions of dollars," said Rosene. "We talked last time mostly about how their offense complements the tackle position, because of the wide splits and they don't use the tight end a lot and they pass the ball a lot.

"ASU and Washington State have said the same thing. They like the way my body is – I'm tall and I'm still mobile on the field and they said I'm basically the prototype size lineman they want coming to their school, a bigger-sized lineman."


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ROSENE SAID HE got his name from the movie "The Best of Times." Rosene's father was playing QB at Cal Poly at the time, saw the movie and liked the Reno Hightower character played by Kurt Russell.

"That's how it came to be -- and what do you know, he got a lineman," Rosene quipped. "Hey, I throw the ball like a 5-star quarterback, though."

IN ADDITION TO the Cougs, Rosene has been offered by ASU, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and SDSU. He said he's hearing more from USC.

"They (talked to) me a couple weeks ago, the new staff," said Rosene. "Hopefully that offer will come in the next couple months. I've been getting a lot of mail from UCLA too.

"Arizona State, I talked to their o-line coach, he really liked me and I call them whenever I get an email."

ROSENSE SAID HE plans to wait until after his official visits to make his verbal commitment.

"I don't want to put myself in a situation where I don't know that I like that school 100 percent before going to it, actually seeing it, experiencing and actually sitting there (at a game.) The education part of it is obviously No. 1," said Rosene.

Distance is not a factor, he said.

"Distance, that's just part of growing up," said Rosene. "I like the whole college town thing a lot. South Bend was awesome when I went there. Every store, everything there, they had all Notre Dame stuff around. Also, I do like the city too. I got to school right by L.A., I live about an hour from L.A."

Rosene was named first team all-league, all-county and Cali-Hi Sports all-state this past season. He said he'll be in Fullerton this weekend for an Under Armour-Rivals camp event and the following weekend in Redondo for a Nike camp.

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