There's no state we respect more when it comes to high school football than Florida. From traveling on the Nike Camp tour the past six years as well as helping to produce the CaliFlorida Bowl, the talent and competitiveness of the players in Florida is second to none. There's no question that if you're a top three player in Florida, you're probably at least a top 10 player nationally and that's definitely true regarding Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln wide out Fred Rouse.
One look at Rouse and you can tell he was born to play football. At a solid 6-3, 185 pounds with great speed, Rouse looks like an absolute thoroughbred on the field.
"He'll be the best player we've ever had here," Lincoln assistant coach Tony Collins said. "He's the real deal, we've never had a player that can do the things he can on the football field."
Rouse already has early scholarship offers from schools all over the country and will likely battle it out with West Palm Beach (Fla.) Wellington receiver Jesse Hester Jr. as the top wide out in the South region next season.
"I'm looking forward to the recruiting process already," Rouse said. "I think it's going to be fun taking my trips and seeing different parts of the country. I'm ready to compete this spring and prove I'm one of the best players in the country. I'm already looking forward to the Nike Camps so I can go show what I can do."
Although it's very early in the recruiting process, Rouse said three schools stand out right now, all who have offered.
"I like USC, LSU and Florida State," Rouse said. "Florida State is the hometown school and the school I grew up rooting for. LSU has a great program and has great athletes there. With USC, I love the way they throw the football. Everyone around here knows how well Mike Williams has done there, a former Florida boy and all. I'm just going to have fun with the process, follow my heart and do what's best for me."