Prospect Says Tigers Are His Leader

Expected to visit Auburn this weekend, this standout defender says he may make his decision on his trip.

Dunedin, Fla.--Defensive end Darrell Roseman, who has already take trips to Rutgers and North Carolina State, says Auburn is still the team to beat as he prepares to take his third and possibly final official visit.

"The visit to N.C. State was cool," the 6-4, 235 Roseman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers about his trip to Raleigh last weekend. "It was just like a typical visit.

"I'm really excited about visiting Auburn," he adds. "I can't wait because they are my frontrunner. If they really impress me I'll probably commit that weekend."

Roseman is a physical player who could play the strong side defensive end for the Tigers.

Very familiar with Auburn's program after following the Tigers since the days of Dameyune Craig, Roseman says that although he hasn't visited Auburn and doesn't know what to expect out of the campus, he's pretty sure he's going to like what he sees this weekend.

"There's not too much I'm looking for," Roseman says. "I just want to see how the players talk about the coaches pretty much. If they're talking good about all the coaches I'll commit. I know they're a top-notch program. I'll probably decide after this visit. This will be my last one."

Coming off an undefeated 13-0 season in 2004 the Tigers responded with a 9-3 campaign, but finished with a disappointing 24-10 loss to Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2. As a player looking for his future home and football program to be a part of, Roseman has one simple answer when asked if that game made him reconsider Auburn as his favorite.

"No," Roseman responds. "It's just the program in general. They are up and coming, on the rise, because they've got quarterbacks and running backs and linemen coming back. They're losing one defensive end (Stanley McClover), but that's kind of good for me."

Now playing basketball for Dunedin, Roseman is currently averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game for his team. He's also had time to take part in two all-star games on the gridiron as he participated in both the Pinellas County and Florida North-South games. He says the experiences were good ones to help prepare to play on the collegiate level.

"It was fun to get to play against some of the top competition in the state," Roseman says. "It certainly helped my situation so I enjoyed it."

A three-year starter on defense, Roseman 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.

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