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Huskers in the mix for ex-Auburn DB

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Just over a week after it was confirmed that he would “not be allowed to return to the team,” ex-Auburn defensive back Jonathan Rose is closing in on a new collegiate destination.

Speaking to the Omaha World-Herald, Rose’s father, Charles, said that a decision on a new school from his son is expected in the next couple of days.  The dad stated that “[h]is chances of going to Nebraska are pretty good,” although he refused to divulge the names of any other teams that are in the running for his son’s secondary services.

The elder Rose went on to add that the presence of new Cornhuskers defensive backs coach Terry Joseph has greatly enhanced NU’s chances.  Joseph recruited Rose during his time as an assistant at Tennessee, and that relationship led the player to reach out to the first-year NU assistant after parting ways with the Tigers.

The reason Rose wasn’t permitted to return to the AU football program after being sent home by head coach Gene Chizik hasn’t been revealed, although his former high school coach flatly stated that it had “nothing to do with grades or anything that deals with the police or anything like that.”

As a true freshman, Rose played in nine games last season.  Rose was a four-star member of AU’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 safety in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Alabama according to

Regardless of which FBS program Rose lands, he will have to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

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11 Responses to “Huskers in the mix for ex-Auburn DB”
  1. Romulus says: Aug 7, 2012 10:02 AM

    Any word on why this guy got kicked off?

  2. kozbee says: Aug 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    He just couldn`t make it at defensive back,i would guess the depth had something to do with it at DB.I was at Toomers corner in town a couple days ago and thats what was being said.Hope him the best @ Neb.

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 7, 2012 1:36 PM


    This kid’s best shot is at UAB, he needs to stay close to home and get his grades together. Running off to Nebraska is just a stupid ego move. No offense to Nebraska, but I dont know why they’d want him?

  4. huskersrock1 says: Aug 7, 2012 2:04 PM

    Pelini can’t recruit, but he and his staff can coach up defensive players. If anyone can get something out of this guy it is Pelini.

  5. rolltide510 says: Aug 7, 2012 2:19 PM

    I don’t understand how you’re “not permitted to return” because there’s too much depth at your position. Especially at a school like Auburn that gives “four year scholarships” because they’re a family who cares about the players.

  6. ukeone says: Aug 7, 2012 3:02 PM

    Why isn’t Rose being allowed back to his team? I’m sure that Rose is an ‘exceptional player’ on the field; however, the ‘unknown’ factor(s) for him being kicked-off his team worries me a lot. If Nebraska lands him, I hope they did their homework well-enough in advance to ensure that they will not be harboring a ‘ticking time-bomb’ that could hurt the Husker’s program in the long run. No number of stars behind a student-athlete’s name is worth the risk if he has done something to get himself dismissed from his own team. The Huskers have done a good job (so far) in choosong ‘good’ student-athletes, and they shouldn’t ever have to lower their standards ‘all in the name of football.’ I hope Bo Pelini makes careful consideration before adding him to the Husker football team.

  7. roltyd says: Aug 7, 2012 6:43 PM

    I believe in Bo Pelini, saw his wrok at LSU, can definitely coach. He also does not put up with B.S.

    That being said, if there is a strong reason to question this young man’s integrity (and I DO wonder why AU Coach Chizik asked him not to return), then Coach Pelini will send him packing. Is it a lack of maturity? Was he caught doing something wrong by the coachng staff at AU, and not the law?

  8. roltyd says: Aug 7, 2012 6:44 PM

    *work (type too fast)

  9. jaxstate92 says: Aug 7, 2012 7:08 PM

    Auburn might have players at DB but no experience, his grades are fine. Whatever happen at Auburn they are keeping it hushed up tight.
    This kid can play and if he can find a program that he can fit in with, that school will end up with a good player!
    But I do agree with one thing he should look closer to home. Because 75% of players suffer from homesickness when they go off to college.

  10. huskerzfan says: Aug 7, 2012 7:14 PM

    Character has been a major focus of Bo and his staff since they have been in Lincoln, NE.

    A number of big names and stud recruits have been shown the door during Pelini’s regime thus far.

    While I’m all for giving people (and more importantly kids) a second chance, it also can’t be at the expense of the overall team and university.

    I’m sure the Husker staff will do their due diligence in making sure this kid can fit at Nebraska as well as laying down some ground rules before this is all official.

    Love to have this kid, but it must be a good fit and for more reasons than just his talent.

  11. ukeone says: Aug 8, 2012 2:45 AM

    Yes, huskerzfan…well said!

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