C.W. Baker High School running back Tyler Rouse will commit to the Boston College football program tomorrow, according to his high school. The Baldwinsville, New York native will sign a National Letter of Intent during a ceremony tomorrow at 2:30 PM Eastern.
Rouse, the New York State Gatorade Player of the Year, was being recruited by both Boston College and another ACC school according to his HS head coach Carl Sanfilippo. He reportedly had interest from Buffalo, Connecticut, Syracuse and Temple. If BC hadn't offered, Rouse was prepared to attend prep school for a year over accepting a scholarship at an FCS school.
Despite growing up wanting to play for the Orange, the school couldn't get over Rouse's diminutive size and never offered the running back. With just two days before National Signing Day and without an FBS offer, Syracuse's student newspaper The Daily Orange profiled Rouse, giving us a scouting report on the 5-foot-8 running back:
"He isn't an imposing figure. He stands just 5 feet, 8 inches and is about 205 pounds. Under long sleeve clothing it's impossible to tell that he overpowers defenders on the field."
"He does his damage on the second level. While his speed is exceptional - he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash - he takes most of his carries between the tackles, rarely settling for edges. After he bursts through the defensive line, he can either overpower linebackers and defensive backs, or pull off devastating cuts to get around opposing defenders."
During his senior season, Rouse rushed for 2,977 yards and scored 45 touchdowns on 333 carries, leading his high school to an 8-2 record and spot in the Class AA Section III championship game. He finishes his HS career with 6,841 yards rushing, the fourth-highest total in New York State history.
Rouse's commitment brings the Eagles to 15 commits in the Class of 2013.
Welcome to the Heights, Tyler.