Coaching Connection

A strong similarity shared by his high school and college coaching staffs figured greatly in Kyle Rose's verbal commitment.

Kyle Rose 's interactions with West Virginia's football coaching staff quickly revealed something that he favors -- an aggressive style that is reflected in its play on the field.

"The coaches there and I really clicked," said Rose, a 240-pound defensive end who plays hard and fast. "They do things like my high school does. They play physical [football] and that's the way I have played all my life. I just thought it was the best fit for me."

Of course, they don't come any tougher or more aggressive than WVU defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich, who sports the old school warrior mentality. That was, according to Rose, a perfect fit for his style of play.

"That's how my high school coaches do it," he said in a comparison of styles. "My defensive line coach, Keith Bertram, can get in your face, but then he will be supportive when you need it. I've always liked coaches like that."

It's no surprise, then, to learn that Rose views his work ethic and motor as his defining characteristics on the field.

"I play every play like it was my last. I've always been like that, and I've always been coached that way. I can get a good pass rush and stop the run, and I can do whatever my team needs me to do to help it win."

Rose certainly does a lot of that. As a defensive lineman who has played both end and tackle during his high school career, he racked up approximately 15 sacks a year ago to help Centerville to an 8-3 record. This year, he's aiming even higher.

"We haven't been to the state finals since '91, and that's our goal this year, to win a state championship," he said with no reservation. "We have a lot of players back, and we're going to compete for a state title. If not now, then when? That's the attitude we are taking."

Rose's focus on his high school squad and his senior season contributed in part to his commitment before it got underway. A player that's truly committed to his team first, he told West Virginia's coaching staff that he wanted to commit and get it done, because he wants to give everything he has to his Centerville teammates.

"When I called them up to commit, I told them that I wanted to go ahead and do it now, because Centerville is my number one priority right now. When I get to West Virginia, WVU will be my number one priority. But I want to be able to put everything I have into my senior season."

Rose's decision probably left more than one scholarship offer pending. In addition to offers from Kansas and Cincinnati, Wisconsin was very close to putting a formal grant-in-aid on the table. However, Rose's decision made that one, as well as all of the others, moot.

"I told West Virginia's coaches that when I committed to them that I am done with recruiting. I stick to my word. That's what my parents taught me, and that's what I am going to do. I am a Mountaineer."


RIFLE REPORTS

  • At 6-4 and 240 pounds, Rose will begin as a defensive end, but could move inside depending on his growth and weight gain. He has no preference as to position, and has played both at Centerville, which gives him a nice base of experience from which to project to either position in college. Centerville plays a 4-4 defensive front.

  • Former and future teammate Will Johnson gave Rose some insight into the WVU program.

    "Will told me a lot about West Virginia and what it was like," Rose said. "He told me a lot of good things about it."

  • Rose visited campus earlier this summer with his father.

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