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Leeds High’s Rose commits to Auburn

Leeds High’s Jonathan Rose, who Rivals ranks as the No. 3 cornerback in the country, committed to Auburn during a late Sunday night newscast.

Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Rose as a four-star recruit, the No. 2 overall player in Alabama and No. 60 nationally. Scout lists him as a three-star recruit and the No. 31 cornerback in the nation.

Rose, who announced his intentions on CBS 42 in Birmingham by revealing a Tigers T-shirt, chose Auburn over a long list of schools, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State.

“It feels good,” Rose said as his teammates came up to congratulate him in the studio. “Now I can focus on a state championship with these guys and hopefully win it all.”

He is the Tigers’ 14th commitment for 2011 and their fourth defensive back, joining Izauea Lanier (East Mississippi Community College), Anthony Swain (Gadsden City, Ala.) and Devin Gaulden (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Rose made 48 tackles and five interceptions as a junior at Leeds, which was a Class 3A state semifinalist last year after winning the championship in 2008.

His father, Charles, played defensive back at Auburn from 1992-96.

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