Rose's JMU Future Still Undecided

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Peter Rose expects to be on campus Sunday when the James Madison football team reports for the start of preseason camp.

Rose, who lost his scholarship to Virginia Tech because of an arrest for selling drugs, says he has accepted a scholarship offer to JMU.

"Hopefully I'll be able to get down there (Thursday) and get these papers signed and everything, make sure everything's through so I can go on Sunday," Peter told WSET in Lynchburg Wednesday.

"When JMU offered me the scholarship, I couldn't turn it down," says Peter. "My brother is there playing, that just makes the situation better for me. It's just a blessing to get a second chance to come out here and do something."

"I can't wait to be beside him on the field," says Jonathan Rose, a rising sophomore safety. "To see what we can do together again. At another level, college."

JMU coach Mickey Matthews reiterated Wednesday that the Dukes are recruiting Peter. NCAA policy prohibits Matthews from making any further comment about a recruit.

Athletic director Jeff Bourne says Peter is still in the application process, and the school is "working diligently" to resolve the situation.

Peter, rated a three-star athlete by the recruiting website Rivals.com, led Amherst to back-to-back AA Division 4 state championships in 2006-07.

He accepted a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, but that offer was pulled in May 2008 after he was arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

Peter was convicted of two felony charges and two misdemeanors this past January, but the judge set aside the felonies at sentencing.

He told WSET he was "a young man just making the wrong decisions. Pretty much being a follower, not a leader."

"It's made me a grown man now," says Peter. "I'm ready to take any situation as it comes."

Peter, who was the AA State Player of the Year at quarterback and expected to play cornerback at Virginia Tech, says JMU coaches have talked about trying him at several different positions.

Jonathan, who moved from running back to safety this past spring, says he'd like to see his brother join him in the defensive backfield, but "I feel like he really wants to play offense, have the ball in his hands, still see what he can do."

Peter says he doesn't have a preference.

"I have no right to be picky right now," says Peter. "I just want to get back out there, get back to playing football."



WSET's Jeremy Mills contributed to this report.


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