Most people were surprised by the play of the Carolina Trojans last year on the football field. Changing people's minds and even their own is something that 2014 quarterback R.J. Rosemond, his teammates, and coaching staff is hoping continues this coming season. Rosemond had an impressive sophomore season a year ago in leading the Trojans to the third round of the AA playoffs. We sat down with him recently as we give you the inside scoop regarding Rosemond as he's hoping to open the eyes of college coaches soon too.
Asked about what he hopes to accomplish this coming season as a team and on a personal level after enjoying a great deal of success last season Rosemond had a lot to share.
"To pick up where we left off at and to not lose the confidence and swagger about ourselves and for me to just be me and keep everything simple."
Rosemond did well last season en route to some strong numbers. He recalled his stats for us.
"I had 1,857 passing yards, 358 rushing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 7 rushing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions."
Looking back on last season Rosemond says one game clearly sticks out to him as his best performance.
"To me my best game was against Liberty High School. I passed for almost 300 yards. The reason I believe that it was my best game is because our team was down and out of sync. After a turnover, on the sideline I got everybody together and talked to them about focusing and taking care of their own responsibility. Then we came back and won by 30."
Rosemond talked about the toughest player he lined up against last season as well. A player that is nationally ranked and has already given a verbal pledge to one of the country's top college programs.
"Michael Hill, the defensive end from Pendleton High School was the toughest player I faced last season. He had the hustle and determination of a squirrel."
Hill is currently rated as one of the state's top prospects at four stars according to Scout.com and has committed verbally to Ohio State. A rematch with Hill and his team is something that Rosemond is looking forward to he says.
"I'm really looking forward to playing Pendleton. To show all my critics that we can beat them and that they are not all that good."
Right now Rosemond feels his leadership ability along with his arm strength are the best aspects of his game currently.
This off season he says he's been working hard on improving his mobility and ability to stay consistent.
Thus far Rosemond says he has yet to hear from any colleges but he's hoping a strong junior campaign this year will change all that.
"I'd love to hear from Oregon."
He also chimed in on what will be the most important factor for him when looking at colleges.
"Education really, anywhere that is willing to give me a full ride."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com as we'll have more updates with Rosemond this coming season and we'll have his sophomore film for you to see soon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...R.J. ROSEMOND
Bench press: 200 pounds
Squat: 350 pounds
Power clean: 215 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.89 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.53 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK...R.J. ROSEMOND
Favorite food: chinese chicken
Favorite movie: Stomp The Yard
Favorite music artist: Big Sean
Favorite subject in school: Math
Dream school: Oregon Ducks
Dream date: Gabrielle Union
One thing about you that most people would be surprised to know: "That I'm so young. When people see me they think I'm 17 or 18 years old."