2015 Target: Darian Roseboro

LINCOLNTON, N.C. --- Darian Roseboro is projected by many to be a national recruit in the 2015 class. During a fall visit, North Carolina became one of the first schools to offer the defensive end from Lincolnton High School.

Scouting Report

"He's big, strong, [and] physical," said Lincolnton head coach Scott Cloninger. "He has good speed, great hands – for a defensive player, I think you need to have good hands and he uses them well. A lot of days it's hard for me to remember that he's only a sophomore. He loves the weight room. [He has] great grades – he's taking advanced classes. He listens very well."

At an imposing 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, it's indeed hard to believe that Roseboro is only a sophomore.

"It comes from my mom's side," Roseboro said. "My [grandfather] was 6-5."

Prep Career

Since stepping foot on Lincolnton's campus as a freshman, Roseboro has been a starter at defensive end and was a big part of its title run which ended in a barnburner against Tarboro. Roseboro ended the season with 107 tackles and was named the 2A state championship game's defensive MVP.

As a sophomore, Roseboro's workload on offense picked up, flipping between fullback and tight end. He also played situationally on offense, lining up at both fullback and tight end. He concluded his sophomore campaign with 400 yards and eight touchdowns rushing.

Defensively, Roseboro collected 108 tackles, including 30 for a loss and eight sacks, as a sophomore. He also forced four fumbles and batted three passes.

Recruitment

Despite being just a sophomore, Roseboro has collected scholarship offers from Duke and North Carolina. He's also receiving significant interest from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, NC State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee.

"As a freshman to be the Defensive MVP of the state championship game, that opened up some eyes and got him on the radar," Cloninger said. "Once you meet him and see him, you see the upside that he has and the skill level that he has. I truly believe that he'll be a national recruit."

The UNC offer was extended during a conversation Roseboro had with Larry Fedora when he was in Chapel Hill for the Virginia Tech football game.

"He told me that I wouldn't have to worry about an offer, because I had a full ride there," Roseboro said. "He told me that they'd like to get me down [to campus] as much as they can. They want me to come watch basketball games [and] football games to get to experience the game atmosphere and the college atmosphere there."

Roseboro was impressed by his first taste of UNC when he attended that victory over Virginia Tech.

"It was amazing," Roseboro said. "It was a ‘White Out.' You can tell the fans really got into it. It was pretty cool."

Roseboro has also visited Clemson, Duke, Ohio State, and Tennessee. Coming up, he plans to attend Georgia's Junior Day on Feb. 16.

Every school is recruiting Roseboro primarily as a defensive end. However, some have mentioned the likelihood of him growing into a D-tackle.

"Once he gains some weight – he looks thin and he's 260 [pounds] – he could put on 20, 25 pounds easy," Cloninger said. "But I feel like with his speed and his hands, he'll probably be a defensive end."

Roseboro doesn't plan to make his collegiate decision – or possibly even trim his list – for another two years.

"Pretty much, they're all the same," Roseboro said. "I'll be open until National Signing Day of my senior year."

Extra Notes

Outside of school, Roseboro boxes, participating in tournaments in the greater Charlotte Area. "It gets you in shape, it makes you quicker, and helps your footwork," Roseboro said… For Lincolnton's track and field team, Roseboro is a part of the 4x100 relay and participates in the shot put and discus. As a freshman, he reached the regional track meet in the shot put… Roseboro has two uncles who played football collegiately at smaller schools.

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