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November 29, 2004The nation's top wide receiver prospect Fred Rouse, 6-3, 185 pounds from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln has now set up all five of his official visits with three schools at the top of his board.
Few schools nationally produce the kind of talent Lincoln does year and year out. That's why when assistant head coach Tony Collins told us earlier in the year that Rouse was the best player the school has ever produced, it caught our attention. With their season now behind them, Collins didn't back off that statement.
"Fred will play in the NFL, no doubt about it," Collins said. "Physically, he could do it now. He's big, has great speed and athleticism and is a game breaker. He's the best player we've ever had here and we've had some great ones as you well know."
Not surprisingly, Rouse has his choice of any school in the country and had close to 30 scholarship offers at this time a year ago. All five of his official trips are now locked in and it looks like this one will go down to the wire.
"His first visit will be to Oklahoma (Dec. 17)," Collins said. "Then January will be pretty crazy for him. He'll visit Alabama (Jan. 7), Texas (Jan. 14), Miami (Jan. 21) and Florida State (Jan. 28). He's also playing in the CaliFlorida Bowl and the Army All-American game that month so he's going to be one busy boy."
The prevailing thought on Rouse has always been Florida State would be tough to beat. Rouse is right there in the Noles backyard, he grew up an FSU fan and Lincoln has sent countless players to FSU over the years. Saying that however, it appears another Florida school is looking good right now.
"Florida State has some ground to make up right now," Collins said. "Miami is his leader followed by Texas and then FSU in that order. He'll take his trips though and anything can happen but those are his top three right now and he really likes Miami a lot. He likes their offense and their style of play. It should be an interesting race though and I'm curious to see how it plays out as well."