2014 Golfer Austin Rose Commits To MSU

Tupelo (MS) High School's Austin Rose, one of the top two golfers in Mississippi's class of 2014, talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.


  • Name: Austin Rose
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Tupelo (MS) High School
  • Position: Golfer
  • Committed to Mississippi State. Also considered LSU and Ole Miss

  • "I committed to Mississippi State about 5 or 6 weeks ago," said Austin. "I called (Head) Coach (Clay) Homan and told him I was going to play for him. Then I called (Assistant) Coach (Sean) Covich and told him.

    "They were very excited. I think it was a big deal to them to get both me and (class of 2014) Grant (Motter), the top two recruits in the state (of Mississippi)."

    There were several reasons he felt Mississippi State was the right choice for him.

    "I have been a Bulldog fan my entire life," said Austin. "My dad (Jim Rose) played golf there, too.

    "I like the coaches, too. They are both great coaches. I think they are great at the mental aspect of the game and they definitely will help me at my game. I think Coach Covich is more of the recruiter, the coach who goes out and recruits a lot and recruits hard. Coach Homan is definitely good at playing strategy and how you have to play each golf course.

    "I also like Old Waverly. It's a great golf course. And I think we are supposed to be getting a new practice facility with a new clubhouse.

    "Another thing that was big to me is playing time. They are going to be losing a couple of their best players the time Grant and I will be coming in. I felt like if I went to Mississippi State I had the best chance of stepping in and playing right away."

    Also factoring into his decision is the fact that he will be playing with a friend of his.

    "Grant (Motter) and I have played together quite a bit and him coming in was a little bit of a factor in my commitment," said Austin. "Having another kid in my class who I have played with was a factor."

    Austin chose Mississippi State over a couple of other SEC schools.

    "The main schools that recruited me were LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State," said Austin.


    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

    GenesPage.com Recommended Stories


    • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

    • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

    • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

    • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

    • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

    Up Next


    Tweets