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Jonathan Rose sees potential for "best secondary ever" at Auburn

Jonathan Rose isn't all Auburn. Shocked? Don't worry, Rose says he's about 85-90 percent Auburn.

And that percentage may be climbing as the summer days go by. "Auburn is my top school. My mind isn't made up, but I have an idea though.I'm gonna take some visits in early July and just make sure it's right," said Rose.

"I have everything I need from Auburn. I just want to compare them to the other schools and match them up. And if Auburn is better like I've seen so far, then that's where I'll go. If I'm going to go somewhere for four years, I want to be around people that are friendly and that I like to be around," he continued.

It's been clear since the beginning Auburn would be a major contender for him. "The family environment separates them from the rest. Just the way I've interacted with some of the people is amazing. The coaches, the players, the recruits, just good relationships with all of them. I talk to a lot of guys down there. I talk to Cam (Newton) a lot and Fannin and Darvin, and guys like LaDarius Owens and Michael Dyer. I've already kind of built a team mindset. Those guys are my friends and potential teammates," Rose said.

The summer hasn't made Rose waver much, as he's been considered an Auburn lean for much of the summer, despite other schools showing a bevy of interest. What schools will Auburn have to beat out for the standout from Leeds, Al.? Tennessee, Georgia, and Memphis.

Last time we talked to Chris Jones (DB, Minor HS), he made it a point to say how much he and Rose stay in touch, and Rose relayed the same message. "We talk a lot. Chris is a great athlete. It would be awesome to play with him on the same side of the ball." When Chris Jones comes into the picture, so does Enrique Florence (DB, Valley HS). Those three comprise the top secondary prospects in the state. All three have Auburn at or near the top, and Rose knows how special that would be.

"I think it's definitely a distinct possibility that we could play together. Those two guys are great. They'd be a big asset, and we'd have the best secondary like ever. I talk to Enrique a lot and try and stay in touch with him," Rose said.

Camps have been a big part of Rose's summer, and he says he isn't really focused on big things as far as skills go. He didn't need to show out for anyone, because he has the offers he wants. Rose says he wants to hone in on the little things. "I want to try and get some more technique down, make cleaner breaks to the ball, make them a little more crisp, and the big things come after that," Rose concluded.

The commitment date for Rose isn't set in stone, but the tentative date will be a big day for Rose and his family, and whatever college he chooses to sign with. July 15th is the plan for now, but Rose says that may change and get pushed back if he attends a camp that weekend.

It appears Auburn has put themselves in a great position, and there's nothing else they can do or show Jonathan Rose to woo him anymore. In the end, it will be his original and growing love for Auburn, against the three schools he's weighing them against.

Barring a major surprise, all roads point toward Rose committing to the Tigers in July.




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