Rose Gets Recruited
BY JACOB SONNE OCTOBER 31, 2014
Every year, collegiate scouts from all over the country make a trek, however long, out to Greenville to visit Rose. However this year is special. The number of scouts here are up, showing the skill and talent that has been exhibited in Rose athletics.
Colleges from across the nation have recently reached out to Rose in an effort to snag some of the talent that the athletic program consistently puts on display. With the exposure that the student athletes have received, Rose is slowly being put on the national map for elite athletics. For example, Kentavious Street was featured in the All American Bowl last year. However, some of the players who are giving the school a good reputation are making decisions about their next steps.
“I’ve verbally committed to Seton Hall in New Jersey,” senior golfer Killian Casson said.
Not all the athletes have made their final decisions yet. Junior football player Cornell Powell has a lot on his plate at the moment. With offers from prestigious schools such as Stanford University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina, East Carolina University, University of Virginia and University of Tennessee, Powell is still trying to figure out where to go.
“I like Clemson, Ole’ Miss, Ohio State, Florida State, LSU and Georgia,” Powell said.
In fact, those colleges listed are only scratching the surface for Powell. With football being one of the major collegiate sports, it gets a lot of talk and exposure. However, that does not mean athletes cannot get offers for playing slightly less popular sports.
“I’m looking at ECU and William and Mary,” senior swimmer Kelly Barnhill said. “They’re both pretty close.”
While Barnhill and Powell continue to consider their options, Casson has found what she is looking for in her ideal collegiate golf program.
“I think team atmosphere and a really good coach is important,” Casson said. “To know that you have a lot of support from the academic and athletic advisers is really helpful.”
Barnhill and Powell both stated that they are looking for a program that is very tight-knit, like a family, to house their talents over the next few years. But the opportunities of the next few years have only been made possible by the last few years.
“I have been playing football since I was four and a half,” Powell said.
However, their college opportunities have come all at once. They did not grow up with sure plans of being collegiate athletes, but to them, it’s an opportunity worth taking.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a good school, but I have always wanted to golf as well,” Casson said. “Trying to find that balance was something I worked really hard on.”
Athletes across the country are making their decisions on where to go. Rose athletes are currently embarking on that same journey. They must rise to their potential and make their school proud.