Nebraska Football: Huskers Favourite to Land Former Auburn Star Jonathan Rose

Colan LamontAnalyst IIAugust 6, 2012

Nebraska is in a good position to land ex-Auburn cornerback Jonathan Rose.

Keith Etheridge, Rose's high school coach, told Mike Schaefer of, " I think Nebraska is at the top of his list."

Schaefer also said that Rose and Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph already have a good relationship after Joseph recruited the cornerback whilst with Tennessee.

Due to NCAA rules, Rose would have to sit out the 2012 season but would still only be a redshirt sophomore in 2013 when he would be eligible to play again.

Rose was a consensus 4-star recruit across all major recruiting services and also had offers from the likes of Alabama and Georgia.

Barry Every of Rivals went as far as to compare Rose to 2012 first-round pick Dre' Kirkpatrick who was drafted by the Cincinnatti Bengals.

At 6'2" and 170 lbs. coming out of high school, Rose had a lanky frame and could bulk up throughout the 2012 season if he commits to Nebraska.

Etheridge told that the departure of Rose wasn't due to any incidents. He said that Rose didn't suffer from poor grades, have any legal issues, or fall out with any of the coaching staff.

It's rare for a player to transfer without any issues, but he has returned home for personal reasons that haven't surfaced yet.

Rose could transfer to a non-FBS school and play the 2012 season, but his father told Schaefer that he was leaning towards staying at the Division I level.

Rose is also friends with young Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, so the signs all seem to look very good for Nebraska.

Getting Rose for 2013 would mean the Huskers have secured someone who is still projected to be a star.