Blue Devils Among Favorites For Top RB

With the search for a head coach now in the past, the Blue Devils and head coach Ted Roof can now begin the process of building Duke back to competitiveness. That task begins on the recruiting trail where Roof has already proved his ability to mine the state of Georgia for talent. However there's a running back in the northeast with an offer from Oklahoma who likes what he sees in Durham.

"Over the Thanksgiving break, I contacted coach Sherrod at Duke," said Peddie School standout Myron Rolle. "We talked for a while. He was happy to hear from me, and said he has been keeping up with my progress throughout the year. At that time he was uncertain who the Head Coach was going to be, but told me to continue my interest in Duke for the university as much as football. We talked about how Duke, under Coach Roof, has turned the program around."

During his sophomore campaign Rolle was indeed worth watching, as the 6-foot-1, 200 pound running back led the league in rushing with 1,038 yards on just 153 carries and 12 touchdowns. Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball he was once again on top of the league's stat sheet with 103 tackles from his free safety position.

Those numbers earned him a number of post-season honors including 1st team All-State Prep (Prep Schools play in a different league than public or parochial schools in NJ) for both running back and defensive back.

Once the season ended, Rolle cranked up his recruiting process and took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma, which was received very well on both sides of the equation.

"Oklahoma offered me a scholarship over the summer, and recently I had Purdue also offer," said Rolle. "I have maintained contact with Coach Stoops throughout the season. The trip was outstanding. I did not know of the rich football history they had until I visited the school. I also really like the aggressive style of play they have."

After the trip to Norman, Rolle had the chance to travel to Charlottesville, VA to for a visit to Virginia where he picked up another offer.

"I spent time with Coach Groh and his staff. They discussed the high academic standard of UVa and the importance of a good education later in life. That was intriguing to me since my goal in life is to be a neurologist.

With the offers starting to roll in before his junior season, there is still interest in becoming a Blue Devil from Rolle now that the coaching search is resolved.

"Coach Roof is a very enthusiastic coach and demands the most out of his players," said Rolle. "I really like what he stands for and the kind of coach he is. I have not received an offer from Duke yet, but hopefully one will come soon. I love the school because of its academic reputation and the ACC is going to be the premier college football conference with the new teams coming in."


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