Rose High on ‘Dogs

Jamaal Rose

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian linebacker Jamaal Rose didn't impress Fresno State linebacker coach Tim Skipper so much at the Bulldogs' individual camp during the summer, but after watching a few games on film, Rose has emerged as one of Coach Skip's top recruiting targets in the 2011 class…

Jamaal Rose (6-1, 210) camped at the Fresno State Individual Skills Camp in mid June. He was one of the best-looking backers at the camp, but his performance there didn't earn him a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs.

"The linebacker coach [Tim Skipper] said I was okay in the camp, but he liked how I played in the game. They saw my Bullard game…I had about four sacks…that's when they really started [recruiting me]."

It was Valley Christian's second game of the season versus Fresno (Calif.) Bullard that caught Coach Skip's attention says Rose.

Besides Coach Skip, Fresno State wide receiver coach Keith Williams, aka Coach Dub, has been a huge part of his recruitment. Coach Dub, who coach at San Jose City College prior to coming to Fresno State, coached Rose's older brother.

"I met Coach Dub way before [Fresno State] recruited me," added Rose. "I have a very good relationship with the [Bulldog] coaches."

"I really like their defense. I like how they play."

Fresno State is likely taking two linebackers, one safety, and two defensive ends in the 2011 class. Rose can play any of those positions.

The Bulldogs offered Rose about a month ago, he says, and he will take his official visit to Fresno on Dec. 10 – one week after his 10-2 VC team plays Palo Alto (12-0) on Friday at San Jose City College in the Central Coast Section title game.

Besides Fresno State, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah, and Washington among others have showed interest.

Rose says he would like to hear from Oregon State and Washington a bit more before making his decision. However, if he doesn't hear from them the week between the conclusion of the CCS playoffs and his official visit to Fresno State, he says he could pull the trigger.

"I feel like I'm ready to make a decision as soon as soon as the playoffs are over…and who talks to me until now and then [will be in the mix]."

Rose and his family will also seek advice and guidance from VC head coach Mike Machado before finalizing his decision.

Academically, Rose reports a 3.8 core GPA. He scored a 1200 on the SAT, he retakes it Dec. 4.

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