Post-Signing Day Evaluations: Rocker

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The 19th in a series of 25 player evaluations is Tavares (Fla.) High School running back Dominique Rocker.

Dominique Rocker
Running Back
Tavares, Fla. (Tavares HS)
6-2/235/4.55
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The Particulars -- Three-year letterwinner ... finished career with 3,334 yards and 58 touchdowns on 507 carries ... also caught 25 passes for 400 yards and three scores, and returned an interception for a touchdown ... rushed for 979 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior ... second-team all-state in Class 2A ... first-team all-area ... Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 ... Lake Sentinel Player of the Year ... team finished 10-1 and was district champion, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in the school's history ... carried for 1,372 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, earning The Daily Commercial Offensive Player of the Year honors ... also named first-team all-area by the Lake Sentinel and first-team all-state by the Florida Coaches' Association ... had a single-game best 267 yards as a sophomore ... coached by George Sneed ... also played forward for the basketball team and ran track.

Seals' scouting report – Just looking at Rocker's physical attributes, you would think of him as a possible fullback or linebacker at the next level. But not so fast. Every Cyclone coach involved in his recruitment say he is a tailback. The talented Florida runner will certainly bring another dimension to the offensive backfield. I like his versatility and ability to catch the ball in space.

ISU secondary coach Chris Ash on Rocker – "He's a big kid and was 234 pounds when he visited. He's not a burner or a 4.4-4.5 guy with a lot of quickness, but he is a physical back. He can do a lot of things. He's got good hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's a tremendous worker and has no idea how good he can be and what type of potential he has. We recruited him to play running back, and if it doesn't work he has the ability to play somewhere else. We don't have too many guys that are his size that can move like he can on this team."

Short-term outlook – If Rocker's strength matches his size when he gets to Ames this summer, the sky is the limit for what he could accomplish. The Cyclones don't have a lot of depth at the tailback position, with Tyease Thompson's status in question and Greg Coleman's move to fullback. That could open the door for Rocker to play a role early in his career. It will come down to whether Rocker has the intangibles such as blocking.


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