Peter Rose turned in an outstanding senior season while leading Amherst (VA) to a 14-0 record and its second consecutive state championship title, earning AP Group AA Player of the Year honors. The 6-1, 180-pound Rose, a quarterback and safety for head coach Scott Abell, threw for 1,133 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 1,790 yards and 27 scores.
Winning the state title in 2006 was special, but the second title meant more to the Virginia Tech commitment.
“I think definitely the repeat, for my team and for me personally, meant more,” said Rose, who rushed for 249 yards and three scores in Amherst’s state championship win over Sherando. “Being a senior and ending the season like we did was just great. We had more of an expectation to win this year. The pressure was on us. I liked it, but at the same time we had to play 100 percent every game. We got 100 percent from everyone…the crowd, the sidelines, the players, the coaches. We were all one big unit.”
Rose’s senior season performance caught the attention of many, including new Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. Johnson, who actually had offered a scholarship to Rose and badly wanted him while at Navy, tried recently to convince the Amherst star to make an official visit to Atlanta. He was unsuccessful.
“They had talked to me about coming to visit and things like that, but they didn’t come out and say anything about a scholarship,” Rose said. “I have decided that I know I want to go to Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech sounded flattering at the time, but after I thought about everything Virginia Tech still pans out on top.”
Although he was a star at quarterback these past two seasons, Rose has no aspirations of playing quarterback in college. Virginia Tech’s coaches have always recruited him as a defensive back/wide receiver prospect.
“I’d actually rather play either defensive back or wide receiver,” Rose said. “I think I can affect the game more at one of those positions. At quarterback, there is more to worry about. At the other positions, you can really just focus on what you need to do.”
This offseason, Rose has chosen to forego basketball and is instead lifting weights with friend and fellow Virginia Tech commitment Derrick McCoy five days a week. As they have for so many years, the two hope to push each other as they prepare for the next level. Rose has one goal in mind for his...
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