HS Sophomore Will Rose Verbally Commits to Arizona State for 2020-21

15-year-old Will Rose of Alliance, Ohio has announced that he plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall of 2020.

I am proud to announce my verbal commitment to Arizona state. I am very excited to continue my swimming and academics there. Thank you all coaches, friends, family and supporters for getting me here, big things ahead for an amazing place, can’t wait to make history in Arizona. Can’t wait to be a sun devil! ??? #forksup

Rose is a sophomore at Alliance High School. He does his club swimming with Canton City Schools. With a 20.52 50 free / 44.92 100 free under his belt, Rose has a lot of upside potential in sprint freestyle. He is also developing as a butterflyer and backstroker. Only 14-years-old this past March, Rose finaled in the 50 free (23rd), 100 free (17th), 50 back (35th), and 50 fly (17th) at NCSA Spring Swimming Championships. This summer he cracked some impressive times at Geneva Futures, placing 2nd in the 50 free (23.81), 100 free (52.04), and 100 back (58.38), and 11th in the 100 fly (57.45).

His top SCY times are:

  • 50 free – 20.52
  • 100 free – 44.92
  • 50 fly – 22.36
  • 100 fly – 51.11
  • 50 back – 23.61
  • 100 back – 51.20

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].


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5 years ago

I swam and played soccer in high school, and many of the girls I played soccer with with committed early/mid junior year. I liked that swimmers didnt commit until their senior year. When you’re a teenager, one or two years can make a big difference. It’s less stressful and imo overall better for the athletes to be able to wait until their senior year to commit. But I guess we’ve just been lucky that it took swimming this long to catch up with other sports re: early commitments. “The Top Ten Swim Recruits in the Class of 20XX” articles will be less exciting if everyone has committed months before the articles come out….

5 years ago

Maybe he is just sure he wants to swim for Bob Bowman, coach of the GOAT

5 years ago

Maybe he is just sure he wants to swim for Bob Bowman, the coach of the GOAT

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

What’re the upsides to verbal commitments in general? It’s nothing binding from either side, right? Seems like it’s just a good way for a kid to marry themselves to one program super early, which, because it’s not binding, seems risky?

Like, say a coach leaves right before a kid like this can officially sign and the new coach doesn’t want him. Now the kid’s stuck scrambling at the last minute? I’m not saying idk, someone help me; I am dumb.

I\'m a Mom and Yep I\'m 50!
5 years ago

Will”s a great kid and I am very happy for him.

My concern as a mother is where is the benefit to the athlete to commit this early? I’m having a hard time seeing any upside. (regardless of what other sports are doing, etc). What is the benefit to a swimmer to commit early? A kid forgoes his recruiting trips by committing before they can take them. The recruiting process is such a huge benefit to student athletes to really learn about a school and a team at an in depth level that most student just don’t get. What is the benefit to passing that up?

I have a freshman at a D1 now and where he wanted to… Read more »

5 years ago

My daughter just committed but won’t send an announcement here or collegeswimming because she doesn’t want to be exposed to the negativity from all the world champions posting here. They’re just kids.

Reply to  aviatorfly
5 years ago

Exactly. Why can’t we just be excited for kids?

Reply to  aviatorfly
5 years ago

I wouldn’t worry about sending an announcement to college swimming, they don’t have a comment section.

5 years ago

The recruiting process in swimming is changing rapidly. Just a couple of years ago, the important dates for recruiting were the regular signing period in April and the early signing period in November of a swimmer’s senior year in high school. Everything is moving earlier in the process. An important date now is September 1 of a swimmers junior year. This is what coaches can start emailing and texting recruits. We had 13 high school juniors give their verbal commitment last year and it is only going to get worse.

No one likes these early commitments including the college coaches, but they admit that they have to go after kids early because their competitors are. Read the SwimSwam article from… Read more »

5 years ago

First, congrats to any swimmer that a coach is willing to offer him a scholarship at his age. Unfortunately, the concern is that 15yo may not have fully developed frontal lobes and therefore are prone to change their mind. I think time will tell how mature Mr Bowman and his ASU staff are when their early commits have hesitations. Watch their verbal commits from this year and see. Who is more mature the teenagers making what they consider life changing decisions, or the staff that are willing to persuade the teenagers. While I agree early commits occur in other sports, unless kids are starting school early I wonder if they consider their entire collegiate experience when deciding early. Do they… Read more »

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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