Ohio State's 2006 recruiting class grew to 12 today as the Buckeyes received a verbal commitment from defensive end Robert Rose of Cleveland Glenville. Rose announced for the Buckeyes during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I'm proud to say that next year I will be attending The Ohio State University," Rose said as he placed an OSU hat on his head.
Rose (6-5, 260) was offered a scholarship by Ohio State on signing day in 2005. He was rated as the No. 11 prospect in the January issue of Ohio High Magazine.
Recruiting analyst and scout Duane Long says Rose could play either defensive end or tackle.
"He is still such a raw prospect," Long wrote in the January issue of Ohio High. "I still think he could end up at defensive tackle, but for now my money is on Rose staying at defensive end. With the improvement he showed from his junior year to his senior year, I think we could look up three years from now and say this rating was too low."
According to Greg Toal, Rose's defensive line coach for the All-American game, Rose has been impressive in practice this week.
“Rose has a quick step; he’s extremely strong," Toal said. "I mean scary strong. He’s going to be very good at the next level. I really want everyone to understand what kind of player Robert Rose is. He has scary strength, Michael Strahan-type strength."
Rose selected Ohio State over USC. Rose visited Ohio State on 12/3. He had as many as 17 sacks during his senior season. He continues the pipeline of Glenville players to Ohio State, which also includes Donte Whitner, Ted Ginn, Jamario O'Neal, Troy Smith, and Curtis Terry.
Rose said the OSU-Glenville connection played a difference in his decision.
"I want to go where family is, so I feel right at home at Ohio State," he
Other players announcing their decisions during the game who were considering Ohio State were Pomfret (Md.) DB/WR A.J. Wallace and Leemore (Calif.) WR David Ausberry. Wallace selected Penn State, while Ausberry was expected to select USC.