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'05 Florida WR Fred Rouse (Florida State, transfer to UTEP)


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Fred Rouse
Tallahassee Lincoln (FL)
185 Pounds
4.4 Forty
40 Inch Vertical Leap
Student Sports Sophomore and Junior All American
Rivals Junior All American
Orlando Sentinel #3 Prospect, 2005

Joe Bauserman's favorite target last year. Considered by many to be a Florida State lean, a fact disputed by HH. Schools on his short list include the Criminoles, Miami, LSU, USC and Ohio State. One of the best receivers in the entire country.



FWIW Lemming has Rouse as his early top player in Florida and top WR in the country


Chris (Tampa): Will Kenny Phillips be the #1 prospect in Florida/nation in 2005? Is it true he is a big UF Fan?

Tom Lemming: First of all, some people have the DB from Carol City as the No. 1 player in FL right now. I believe in checking everyone out first before saying that. I believe Fred Rouse, WR from Tallahassee-Lincoln who I have seen in person, is the No. 1 player I have seen in Florida so far. But I won't say he's No. 1 overall until I have seen everyone in person and on film. That's only fair.

Mike(Brainerd,MN): Who are the early favorites for top WR?

Tom Lemming: Fred Rouse .. 6'5" 195 from Tallahasse-Licoln.
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Free Insiders article on Rouse

”Fred Rouse will be a player that stands on his own."

Rouse, 6-3 and 187 pounds, is silky smooth, has very good size and speed and makes everything look easy out there. He is a big play threat, whether he its a short pass or a deep route.

"Honestly, I consider myself more of a possession wide receiver. I have size and speed and I can go up and get the ball, get yards after the catch and be a deep threat. One thing I love to do is block down the field. I know how important that is as a receiver."

"Right now, if I had to choose, Florida State, Miami, LSU and Southern Cal would be my leaders. "I grew up with FSU and it is a dream school to me. The coaches are brilliant and the players are very cool. I feel at home there.

"I was just down in Miami and I have family there. That is the place to be. I love their offense and the coaches. I noticed that they practice so hard but they make it fun. Miami also has a real tight family atmosphere.

"I liked LSU before they won the national championship and when they did win it, it really opened up my eyes. I have talked with coach Saban and he seems like a good guy.

"USC is another place I kind of dreamed of playing at. It would be a change because it's across the country but they have a great team in great weather. I think I could be another Mike Williams there.

"I also like Ohio State, Tennessee and Michigan at this point."

Signing Day is still ten months away but for now Rouse thinks he has his decision made, although he will not let that cat out of the bag.

"I have talked with my parents and I think I know where I want to go. I have pretty much decided but I think I will wait until after the season to announce it."

Rouse video clip- the link does not work directly but if you cut and paste you should be able to see some clips of Rouse

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Herbie for President
So are we saying Free Shoes U is going to get a great one, or do we have a legit shot at the kid? Have we offered? Is Bauserman in his ear to try to get him to vist the Bucks? Looks like we are the only northern team in the running, is the weather a factor for the kid?
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Herbie for President

I was going off of the "Criminoles, Miami, LSU, USC and Ohio State" list... and one could argue that the state of Mich. is He**, and it is hot there so weather might not be a concern to FL kid going there :tongue2: :tongue2: :tongue2: :tongue2:

just kidding.... didn't know scUM was in the running...
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So are we saying Free Shoes U is going to get a great one, or do we have a legit shot at the kid? - they have been rumored as the favorite, he is in their backyard and that school has a track record of putting kids at FSU- plus he has been to quite a few FSU games and practices, including this Spring

Have we offered? - according to Insiders- YES

Is Bauserman in his ear to try to get him to vist the Bucks? - i sure would like to think so but Joe is probably preoccupied with his with his own future right now
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ESPN MAG Fred Rouse

There was a feature in the newest mag. talking about Fred Rouse going pro. He feels that if he is drafted within the first 5 rounds that he would go pro. But he feels that he will be drafted in the first three rounds... Dunno if there is a thread about this already but i couldn't find one

HH and others what is your take on this..
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Herbie for President
Assumeing MoC wins after all is said and done, I would guess that after a few of the "stud" HS players that do go pro turn out to not grasp the pro game in quick fashion, the NFL will chosse not to take the HS kids... now we could see stud soph. go pro and make a big splash (and to a lesser extent possibly a freshman every now and then)...

I just don't see the NFL taking HS players early in the draft... or at all... maybe they would sign him as a free agent and give the HS kid a shot at making the practice squad... I think the majority of the kids will not make the jump though....

Think about how many stud HS kids have trouble going from HS to college... and how many stud college players have trouble going from college to pro...

The fact is a 35 year old would break an 18 year old in half...
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Hall of Fame
ESPN MAG Fred Rouse

That's what happen when the media keeps writing up about these youngsters. Their heads get big, and they think they will run over people like they did in high school. The level between high school and college is a hugh gap. Most high school will have two D-I college players at best. So if you are a good player in high school going against mediocre players, of course you will look great. In fact, most D-I recuirts don't even play their first year in college because they need to learn the game and develope their young bodies. The number one surprises about college football for these youngsters is the speed of the game. In addition, the level between college and pros is even bigger because these men are now bigger and stronger as their bodies continue to mature. Maurice Clarrett might have several good games in the NFL this season (100 yards), but his body will pay heavily. I wish him the best...for however long he lasts. As for these high school players...please don't let the lure of money and fame paralyze or even kill you.
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