Rocha Talks Aggie Decision

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure linebacker Dalton Rocha discusses his official visit and commitment to New Mexico State...

A few weeks ago, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure linebacker Dalton Rocha was waiting patiently for his first offer.

"I'm just waiting to see what happens," he said in late January, after playing in the Canyon Coast All-Star Classic.

Rocha's patience paid off. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect received sudden interest from New Mexico State and at the coaches request, took an official visit over the weekend.

"They've been showing interest for about two weeks. Coach Martin, the linebackers coach, called my dad and said they wanted me to come up," he said.

Rocha enjoyed his time on campus and came away impressed with both the school and the football program.

"It was cool. I liked the people there and the coaching staff was really nice. The city was nice. I ate a lot of food, hung out with my host, Dylan Davis, and his roommates, who were football players, so that was cool," he said.

Davis, a junior linebacker, also attended St. Bonaventure and had a few words of advice for Rocha.

"He said it's a growing program that's getting better. They have a new coaching staff and he said the team is really progressing," he said.

At the end of the visit, Rocha received good news.

"I got the offer Saturday night and committed on the spot," he said.

While in Las Cruces, Rocha also had the chance to talk with the staff about their plans for incorporating him into the Aggies' defense.

"They are switching their defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4, so they want me to play the same type of position I played in high school, rush, kind of like what Clay Matthews plays," he said.

Ultimately, Rocha is happy about how the past few weeks have played out and looks forward to joining the team in a few short months.

"I'm excited. It's an opportunity to get a good education and get some good football in. I'll be there in July to start working out and take some summer classes, and then we'll start camp in August. Whether I see the field next fall really depends how I do. If I progress, they feel like I can play," he said.

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