South Carolina has been one of the quieter teams in the SEC with regards to putting together their recruiting class of 2022. This changed on Tuesday when head coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks picked up the commitment of defensive back Anthony Rose out of Hallandale (Hallandale, FL.) High School.
By Steve Wright
The 6-foot-4, 130 pound Rose has elite height for a defensive back prospect. He is rated as the No. 448 player nationally in the class, the No. 24 safety, and the No. 59 player coming out of Florida. The 3-star prospect chose the Gamecocks over competing offers from Arizona and Penn State.
Rose is described by his high school coaches as being a playmaker in the secondary that is always around the ball. He has plenty of versatility in the coverage schemes that he can be used in thanks to his ability to cover one-on-one and also his instincts in zone coverage. High school head coach Herman Lovett also described Rose’s impact as, “He has a special talent, and that talent is getting everyone around him better.”
Rose’s playmaking skills on both sides of the ball are clear in this video (below) of his sophomore season. He has great instincts when the ball is in the air – something that allowed him to impress as a wide receiver as well as high position as a defensive back. He is a solid tackler without being a heavy hitter – a plus in some regards as it means that Rose misses far fewer tackles than those players looking to blast the offensive player on each and every play.
His instincts when the ball is in the air also transfers to Rose’s ability to make plays in the running game. He is so confident and comfortable with his footwork against a wide receiver that he is able to watch the backfield, understanding when he needs to break from his coverage to put down a running back or scrambling quarterback. Rose is an impressive player that will only get better in a college system.