Florida Defender Says Tigers Are His Leader

This physical defensive lineman talks recruiting and why he likes Auburn.

Dunedin, Fla.—-A top defensive player from the state of Florida is high on the Auburn Tigers as recruiting goes into full speed heading towards Christmas. Big defensive end Darrell Roseman says that he has offers from five schools, but Auburn is his favorite as he begins to take official visits in the coming weeks.

"I have offers from Auburn, South Florida, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Central Florida," Roseman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have set up my official visits. I don't know the dates off the top of my head, but I'm coming to Auburn on the Jan. 13th (South Florida on the 20th).

"I have pretty much been an Auburn fan, not a die-hard fan, but a fan since Dameyune Craig was the quarterback," he adds. "I'm pretty high on Auburn. That's my frontrunner. They're my leader."

Roseman is a physical player that enjoys getting to the quarterback and making plays.

A 6-4, 235 defensive end, Roseman says his best 40-yard dash time is just over 4.5 seconds. Using that speed off the corner, he totaled 72 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks as a senior. He also batted down four passes and caused two fumbles for a 7-4 team that lost in the first round of the playoffs to Largo.

Because of his play Roseman has been selected to play in several all-star games this holiday season. The first was last week when he took part in the Pinellas County All-Star game. The second comes later this month when he will play in the Florida North-South Game at The Villages right outside of Orlando.

Busy during the season, Roseman says that he has kept up with the Tigers through recruiting coach Greg Knox. After an initial visit from defensive ends coach Terry Price in the spring, Roseman says he's gotten to know the Auburn coaches well and feels at home with them.

"Coach Price came down to see me play in my spring game and after that I was pretty much sold," Roseman says. "I love those guys. They seem like pretty down home guys, but they are business men."

A three-year starter for Dunedin, Roseman kept a close eye on the action in Auburn this season while staying busy with his own team. He says he was very impressed by what he saw out of the team this season, particularly in the last game against Alabama.

"Of course I watched them this year," Roseman answers when asked if he checked out the Tigers. "Especially the Alabama game when they got 11 sacks. I was like ‘I want to play there'. That's what I was thinking. I was jumping up and down like I was at the game. I was supposed to be there, but I had family visit. I was watching it where I was though."

Currently a power forward and center for his school's basketball team, Roseman is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. He says that the same things he excels out on the football field help him when he's on the court as well.

"I think I'm a good pass rusher," Roseman says. "My quickness is my strength. I like getting after the quarterback."

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