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