PORT NECHES — Jeremiah Rose was maybe the best offensive player on a bad team last year.
Now, he’s so much more. He’s a talented receiver who’s capable of taking over a game. He’s a vocal leader on the field and he’s an emerging threat on defense as a man-to-man cornerback.
In the high octane passing attack that the Port Neches-Groves Indians run, he’s also the perfect complement to the scheme because of his versatility.
“He’s finally got the speed of the game figured out,” PN-G head coach Brandon Faircloth said. “He’s seen all the different defenses and knows the offense. He’s got all the answers without us telling him. He’s one of our few two-way guys and we’re going to lean on him to win games. He works extremely hard in practice. He’s one of our captains.”
Last season, Rose caught 64 passes for 684 yards and four TDs in his first varsity season. He’s continued that pace this season, catching 11 passes against Silsbee in Week Zero and contributing on three PN-G touchdowns.
Rose did everything he could to get noticed last season, but circumstances conspired against him thanks to a bad win-loss record. This season, Rose is using his matchups against state-ranked teams and highly recruited defensive backs to garner more and more attention.
After the way he beat University of Texas commit Armanti Foreman in the Texas City scrimmage and the way he got open so consistently against Silsbee, he’s already well on his way.
“I’m trying to prove myself,” Rose said. “I want to prove how good I am against better opponents. Against Texas City, there was a kid going to Texas, so I wanted to prove myself. West Orange-Stark has a corner going somewhere, so I’m looking forward to proving myself then, too. I’m very competitive.”