The Cleveland Browns signed the five-foot-nine running back Saturday on the second day of a three-day mini-camp at the team's Ohio facility.
Rouse told reporters that he had invitations to try out for Minnesota and Dallas as well, but he felt he was more likely to be offered a contract with the Browns.
Rouse cited his strengths as his quickness, ability to catch the ball and his size.
"My linemen are 6-6, 6-4 and you can't see me," Rouse told reporters. "By the time they can, it's too late."
Rouse finished as Fresno State’s all-time career rushing leader with 4,647 yards. He contributed 37 rushing touchdowns, 110 receptions and 794 receiving yards.
He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his last three seasons and had a total of 21 career 100-yard rushing performances.