Rose receiving far flung interest

Glenville defensive end has four scholarship offers and is receiving interest from UW

Asked what schools are recruiting him, Robert Rose looks at a wall in his home. There, he has tacked a collection of letters from prospective colleges.

During a phone interview, Rose rattles them off one-by-one:

"Michigan, Louisville, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Boston College, Purdue, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Penn State, Oregon, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio), Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana, Ohio State, West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Maryland."

Not a bad list. And the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Glenville High School in Cleveland also claims four scholarship offers.

"Michigan State, Ohio State, Miami of Ohio and Akron," he said.

Rose, who as a junior last fall was named a second-team all-county defensive lineman by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, burst onto the scene with a strong showing at the Army All-American Bowl junior combine, running a 4.7 40-yard dash at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Rose already has plenty of ties to Big Ten schools. He did not name a favorite when speaking to ("I like everybody," he said), but he has previously indicated that his favorite is the home state Buckeyes, where a handful of former Glenville players can be found.

Rose's class of 2006 Glenville teammate, receiver Daven Jones, committed to Wisconsin earlier this month.

Rose also plays basketball at Glenville, though he is honed in on playing football in college. On the gridiron, he played tight end in addition to defensive end and defensive tackle.

He said he is only being recruited for defense, either as an end or as an outside linebacker.

"I'm quicker than a lot of guys my size so I can get off the ball better," Rose said of his strengths.

Rose has only gone to one junior day, Ohio State's in February, but he plans to attend "a lot of camps." He said those camp destinations, however, are to be determined by his coach, Ted Ginn Sr.

What is Rose looking for in a prospective college?

"Education, first of all," he said. "A good program and a place that treats you like a family."

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