The 2014 NCAA football season has yet to even begin, but in a world where recruiting is an ongoing battle, it’s never too early to look ahead.
The verbal commitments for Duke’s 2015 class keep rolling in, including one from four star offensive lineman, Reno Rosene. The 6 foot 7, 330 pound senior plays for Southern California football powerhouse Oaks Christian.
During Rosene’s sophomore year, former Eastern Michigan head coach Jeff Woodruff took over the Oaks coaching reigns. With the Lions making the move into a tougher division Woodruff believed his offensive line needed to focus on bulking up and gaining strength. It would also help as they would be blocking for one of the nation’s top dual threat quarterbacks, Brandon Dawkins.
Rosene took advantage of this mindset. Last season he anchored the offensive line for a team that averaged 308 yards in the air, 137 yards on the ground and 43.8 points per game.
Already the recipient of offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Notre Dame among others, Rosene decided he will suit up in a Duke uniform. Of course a lot can happen between now and signing day, but if Rosene keeps his commitment, it will be huge for the Blue Devils. He will be an important key in replacing senior offensive linemen Laken Tomlinson and Takoby Cofield.
For fans who want to know what kind of player Rosene is, here is what current Oaks Christian Head Coach Bill Redell has to say about his star offensive lineman on and off the field, “Reno Rosene has great strength, great leadership skills, and a great work effort. At 6 feet, 7 inches and 330 pounds, obviously, his size plays to his advantage. We expect great things from him in the coming season. Off the field, however, he is very well liked by both coaches and players. He was elected to be a member of The Pride, which is equivalent to being a team captain. He is an excellent young man who is popular with the entire student body.”
Sounds like the perfect candidate to be Duke’s future big man on campus.