It's March and football recruiting for the Class of 2009 is hitting its stride as prospects have heard from coaches, been invited to Junior Days and even some picked up official offers. For Rolandan Finch the process has been smooth so far but he knows it's just a matter of time before things can get too hectic.
"Right now I'm really just listening to what everyone has to say and looking at each option. I have no clear favorite and have not given much thought into making a choice."
With Finch being from Louisville and talk of him favoring several other programs many Kentucky fans are wondering if the Wildcats have any real chance of landing Finch. The answer came easy when asked for Deuce.
"Kentucky is a program I've got real interest in. I know a lot of people at Kentucky and that helps make them a program I have interest in looking more at."
While talk of leaving the Louisville area has Card fans upset the 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back said he's not going to let the pressure get to him.
"I can't allow anyone to pressure me to any one program. I know I have to look at the options that are best for me and make my choice based on what I feel is important."
With offers from Stanford, Louisville, NC State and Kentucky, Finch knows it's way too early to make any decision.
"I've given no thought into making a choice at this time. I want to listen to what coaches are telling me and visit as many campuses in the coming weeks so I have an idea about what each program has to offer. Come May I'll look at narrowing my list if I feel I'm at a position to do so."
Finch is no stranger to the Wildcats as he's visited a few times for football and basketball games.
"I was at Kentucky when they beat LSU and that was really unbelievable to watch. Not only was the game a great one to see but the fans were really into it and it made it something to remember."
This past season Finch and his teammates positioned themselves to win a state championship only to come up short against rival Trinity.
"That game was a tough one to lose. We didn't do what we needed to do to win and now we'll keep playing hard to get back there and to win."
Coming from a program that has seen players leave and go to college can have its advantages.
"I've talked with Victor Anderson about the process and feel it was a good talk to have learning from his experiences."
Finch knows he needs to get back to Lexington to see more of the Kentucky camps and facilities.
"I've not really looked at the facilities at Kentucky. I've been to a couple of games and had the chance to talk with coaches but not really see everything they have to offer. I hope to get back and look at what they have. "
Finch knows his game is not complete and also stresses academics will play a key role in where he makes a choice to attend. The area Finch feels he's strongest at is his power and speed, but he was quick to point out he really needs to work on his blocking if he hopes to become a top back.
We'll continue to check with Deuce until he makes his college choice known.