WSU on receiving end of Rosenberg's top spot

<b>PLAYERS WHO COMPETE at one position in high school often end up starring somewhere altogether different at the next level. Such may be the case with Keith Rosenberg, who in limited action at running back last year gained over 1,200 yards on but 58 carries. While attending the Washington State junior day, the Bellevue playmaker found out where the Cougs envision him on the gridiron at Washington State. He also talked about why WSU is his leader.

After he attended Washington State's junior day, the Cougs have solidified themselves as Rosenberg's top choice.

"Wazzu," he said, when asked if he had a frontrunner. "Not only because of (the offer), but because it was an early offer. It just seems like they're real interested in me."

After Washington State, Rosenberg said Arizona is contacting him most. Former WSU assistant coach Kasey Dunn is handling Rosenberg's recruitment for the Wildcats.

Rosenberg doesn't plan on making an early verbal commitment, preferring to wait until after his final prep campaign and attempt at a fifth straight state championship with Bellevue High comes to a close.

"I see myself making the football decision after the season," he said.

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS for Rosenberg at the WSU junior day, the scrimmage and interaction between himself and the Cougar coaches and players. Defensive backs coach Ken Greene made an impression on the athlete.

"He has a lot of enthusiasm," said Rosenberg. "He seems like a really good coach."

ROSENBERG TOLD SCOUT.COM earlier his scholarship offer from WSU said they could see him at either corner or wide receiver.

Given his 40 tackles from the defensive backfield in 2004, and that Bellevue just doesn't throw the ball a whole lot, some might surmise CB would seem the likely destination for Rosenberg. The Wolverines attempted a total of but 30 passes over 13 games last season, with Rosenberg the leading receiver – 4 catches, 127 yards, 3 TDs.

So when it came time to break off into position meetings at the Cougs junior day, Rosenberg headed on off with Greene and the rest of the defensive backs.

But the Cougs have something different in mind for the standout athlete.

"I didn't realize they were thinking about me at wide receiver so I went with the DB coach," laughed Rosenberg. "Later on, one of the coaches told me they liked me at wide receiver."

Despite few game day opportunities, the 6-1, 185-pound Rosenberg has a knack for getting open and soft hands – he also picked off 3 passes on defense. He certainly has that high level of athleticism the WSU and offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Levenseller likes at the receiver spot.

Rosenberg this offseason is working to improve his speed, currently at 4.5 in the 40. Bellevue has a well developed off-season workout regimen, and Rosenberg has been hard at work in the weight room since December.

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