Southern Trio Leads for VA LB

ATHENS – Being compared to Alec Ogletree is a heck of a compliment.

"I don't know who #9 is for Georgia," Matt Rolin admitted. "But that's who they compared me to at Georgia when we were watching film."

Ogletree is considered one of the top linebackers in the SEC coming into the 2012 season. And those are pretty heavy words coming from Georgia assistant coaches Todd Grantham and Kirk Olivadotti – who have both spent more than ten years coaching in the NFL.

"We watched the Auburn game, and then we watched the tape of me," Rolin said.

And that's when the comparison was made. The Virginia native made a swing through the South this week to catch up with family and to stop in on colleges recruiting him. So far he's visited Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina – where his family has a long history.

"We had a good time talking with Coach Spurrier," Rolin said. "A lot of my family lives in Columbia now, so its good to catch up with them. We have a big family tie with South Carolina."

And while the Gamecocks certainly have the advantage in the family, Rolin said he's very interested in two other schools, too.

"I was real excited about the Georgia offer – they offered about a month ago," he said. "South Carolina, Florida State and Georgia are the three I am looking at closest. They stand out to me right now."

Rolin indicated that he would likely visit all three schools on official visits this fall.

"All three said that I would play early. I think these visits this week have been important because I really wanted see them a lot," he admitted.

The visits to Georgia and Florida State were eye opening if for no other reason that the good time he had at both schools.

"Florida State – I was really impressed with everything," he said. "Georgia had the best facilities so far – they were sweet. Talking to the coaches and watching film was really great at Georgia. They both want me at inside and outside linebacker."

As for the Bulldogs, Rolin said Georgia might have a special package up their sleeve if he were to pick them in the end.

"Coach Grantham went through the LB positions and said that I could play all four positions," he said. "Georgia also said I could be used at tight end near the goal line."


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