GJ’s Kyler Rose commits to Mines

Grand Junction High School defensive end and offensive lineman Kyler Rose verbally committed on Saturday to play football at Colorado School of Mines.

Rose, listed at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, accepted partial academic and football scholarships from Mines.

Said Rose of his choice: “There wasn’t a close second.”
Rose, who since August said Mines was his top choice because of their top-flight academic programs, said Orediggers coach Bob Stitt told him he’d play offensive line.

“I’m redshirting the first year,” said Rose, who likely will major in petroleum engineering. “They redshirt all freshmen.”

Rose played tackle and defensive end, where he averaged 5.4 tackles per game, and was known by Tigers coaches for his tenacity and speed. Rose is the latest Tiger to verbally commit to play in college, following Division I commits Austin Berk (Colorado State University) and James Diamanti (University of Wyoming.)

“Kyler is probably an underrated player,” Tigers coach Robbie Owens said. “You have James and Austin, but Kyler is athletically as gifted football-wise as any of those guys. To me, he’s probably a guy where if academics wouldn’t have been a main forefront for him, I think he easily could have played for a D-I school.”

Owens said Mines “got a big steal,” with Rose.

“It’s just a good fit,” Rose said. “It’s in Golden. At home — still in Colorado. Four hours away.”

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