Signing Day 2004: Fred Roland

Sometimes it's simple: Size matters. That was certainly the thinking by the Duke coaching staff when addressing the needs along the offensive line. So head coach Ted Roof and company made a conscience effort to recruit big guys to battle in the trenches.

If you think Hephzibah (GA) High standout lineman Fred Roland is big, then you've got a good grip on the obvious. Standing 6-foot-8 and tipping the scales at just over 300 pounds, the future Blue Devil is intimidating. However his high school head coach says it's just the beginning.

"Fred played on the defensive line for the beginning of his career," said Hephzibah head coach Todd Booker. "But we knew where he'd play in college so we went ahead and moved him to the offensive line. It worked out very well because he got better and better every week. This kid has so much potential. His wing span is incredible and he has such great feet."

Aside from being able to quickly and efficiently adapt to the offensive line, Roland is likely going to add another 30 pounds to his frame while maintaining a high level of performance, stamina, and strength according to Booker.

"His frame could hold a lot more weight, something like 40 pounds if necessary. I don't think it would phase him because he's very athletic. He ran a 5.3 forty this year."

Booker said that the coaching situation in Durham played a key role in his lineman's choice.

"Fred really loves coach Roof and everything Duke brings to the table."

Roland committed to Duke over Vanderbilt, Louisville, Clemson, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee State and others.

He is rated as one of the top 150 linemen in the country, and the #80 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.

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