It seems with every hour that passes, the more likely former four-star defensive back Jonathan Rose transfers to Nebraska.
The former Auburn signee was dismissed from his scholarship and the team shortly before camp, and is looking for a change of scenery. The only problem is the process has to be done in a hurry. The Rose family's goal is to get the sophomore to enroll at his future college soon, so he can redshirt this season and have three-years to play in the future.
“We are definitely on a slight time frame,” said Charles Rose, Jonathan's father. “More than likely we won't be visiting any schools..He went through the recruiting process out of high school, so he knows what a lot of schools are all about.”
The mutual interest between Rose and Nebraska was sparked by the presence of new Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph. Joseph recruited Rose while he was a defensive backs coach at Tennessee.
“I didn't meet all the coaches that recruited him during the process,” said Charles Rose, when asked about why his son liked Joseph. “He went on a lot of trips with his coaches that I didn't go on, but I know he talked with Coach Joseph a lot back then and really liked him.”
While Charles Rose had no comment on other schools looking at his son, it sounds like Tennessee and Florida State have been the other players. Charles was a four-year letter-winner at Auburn while Jimbo Fisher was on staff. It's been rumored he's encouraged to check more into Florida State, but Jimbo Fisher told the Associated Press on Tuesday night he was at 85 scholarships already.
So with the Seminoles likely out, could Jonathan see himself playing in the Big Ten?
“It's different in the south, but football is football. That doesn't change. All schools have their own tradition. It is not as big of a difference as some people think,” said Charles Rose. “People might talk with different accents, but it's all the same. He could see himself in the Big Ten.”
Rose was an early high school graduate and enrolled at Auburn early, earning playing time in eight contests. The former US Army All-American was the nation's No. 14 cornerback in the class of 2011.