Florida OL Camped With Duke

If your offense is going to make the nightly highlight reels, you better be able to open holes for your running backs and provide your quarterback time enough to find his targets down field. In order for that to happen you need a quality offensive line. To that end the Duke coaches have been working hard in 2011 and have one Florida prospect on the radar.

"I camped at Duke and it was a fun camp," said Coral Gables (Fla.) High standout Mike Roland. "I was able to meet some new friends and I felt like I built a bond with some of the coaches. There was a lot of competition because we all wanted to stand out for them. I honestly think I did well. It wasn't perfect, and I could have done better in some of my one-on-one match-ups, but overall I think I showed well in the agility portion and overall."

Roland measured out at 6-foot-4 and 297 pounds while at Duke and projects as either a tackle or guard along the offensive line. He's been in contact with the coaching staff over the past few months and is now moving forward and looking to pick up offers.

"I've talked to the coaches before and after camp. They've told me the basic information and they've told me they are really considering me. Duke was one of my top schools before I went for camp and it's definitely a school I can see myself going to."

"Right now I don't have a top list of schools, but I have heard from coaches from all over. From Harvard to Wisconsin. Right now I am just looking to see how the recruiting process goes. I do like Duke a lot because of the family atmosphere and the coaches' passion for the game."

In addition to spending time on the field, Roland had a chance to get some face time with his potential positional coach and to visit the campus and learn more about the program.

"Coach Like, the offensive line coach, was who I spent most of my time with and we talked the most during the camp. I really liked the campus. The buildings and the stadium are what really stood out for me, but in the end it was the coaches. They are a lot more passionate than I expected."


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