AUBURN – It didn’t take long for cornerback Jonathan Rose to pick up a nickname. He’s Jonathan to his family, but to his Auburn teammates, he’s “Young Buck.”
Freshman cornerback Jonathan Rose
Such is life for an early-enrolling freshman going through his first spring practice.
“It’s a nickname the players gave me,” Rose said with a chuckle. “It’s something I’m going to try to grow out of before the season gets here.”
Rose, from Leeds High School, was one of the state’s top prospects when he enrolled at Auburn in January. He’s getting his first taste of college football, and he’s making an impression.
“He’s going to be a good one,” said junior T’Sharvan Bell, the veteran among the cornerbacks. “He’s going to help us.”
Rose, the son of former Auburn safety Charles Rose, graduated from high school early with the intention of doing just that.
“It was kind of tough,” Rose said. “It was a tough transition. They started with the basics when we got here and just worked us into their scheme and how they do things. I feel like that was the best decision for me to make if I wanted to play early and have a chance to help the team. When the rest of the class comes, I can kind of tell them how the transition is going to be.”
Rose had ample options out of high school. In the end, he decided to go play where his father had played before him. And his father was proud.
“I like what they are doing,” said Charles Rose, a four-year Auburn letterman who finished his career in 1996. “They are trying to implement some of the old Auburn - work hard, be mean and tough. But they are also trying to get better athletes.”
Rose said he was welcomed by his new teammates from the day he arrived on campus.
“These guys made it so much easier as they broke it down step by step,” Rose said. “They didn’t push me right in. They gave me some time to adjust, and I just feel at home with it.”