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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Signee profile: CB Jonathan Rose

The third of Auburn's three early enrollees is Jonathan Rose, a cornerback from Leeds, Ala.

The scouting services rank him among the top cornerbacks signees in the country, with Rivals ranking him the highest at seventh and No. 112 overall.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Rose committed before the season, then finished with 73 tackles and five interceptions in leading Leeds High to the 3A state championship. He had an 84-yard interception return for a score in the game.

Although he has the frame to eventually play safety in college, he'll likely play cornerback, where Auburn loses Demond Washington.

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  • Committed: Aug. 2, 2010
  • Recruited by: Tommy Thigpen, Phillip Lolley
  • Also considered: Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee, Southern Miss
  • Rivals: 112 overall, 7 position, 5 state
  • Scout: 152 overall, 14 position
  • ESPN: 11 position
  • Notable: Son of former Tigers safety Charles Rose, who lettered for Auburn in 1992, 94-96.
  • Quotable: "I'm thinking ahead. I feel like I can play here four years. Hopefully I can bring some. ... I don't want to say 'fix the secondary,' because it's not broken. But I can improve the secondary." -- Rose in December

Here's a free scouting report on Rose courtesy of Rivals:
  • On the Hoof: Has the build of a free safety/ receiver and will remind fans physically of fellow Alabama native Dre Kirkpatrick. A long-limbed athlete who is fairly thin at this time.
  • Needs Improvement: Staying lower in his backpedal will allow him to come out of his breaks quicker. Rose also needs to add some size and muscle mass which should improve the power of his tackles. Wrapping up ball carriers well is another area he will need to improve on at the next level.
  • Most Impressive: He is a very versatile athlete that could project as a receiver or safety at the next level. Rose has excellent ball skills and possesses the ability to make yards after the interception. His speed is very deceptive because he has a beautiful long stride that allows him to cover a ton of ground in the blink of an eye.
  • Conclusion: His versatility will most likely translate into success at the next level. His ball skills, height and speed set him apart from most corners, but the biggest question is whether or not he has the hips to stay with elite receivers.
And here's a scouting report by Scout's Andrew Bone:
Rose has great size and speed. He was a star on the offensive and defensive side of the ball in high school. He will fully concentrate on defense at the next level. He is a smart player who does a great job reading the quarterback. He needs to get stronger in his upper body and improve breaking on the ball.

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