Roche impressed with Petrino's visit

U of L head coach Bobby Petrino continued his tour of New Jersey on Wednesday, making an in-home visit with 4-star offensive line prospect Brian Roche. Roche came away impressed with the Cardinals coach but says he'll take all of his remaining visits before making a final decision.

One week ago, broke the news that 4-star prospect Brian Roche had officially decommitted from Rutgers and had decided to take his official visits to get a better idea of where he would fit in.

Since making that announcement Roche has made an official visit to Michigan State and will be tripping to Louisville this weekend. He also has a visit to North Carolina State set up for mid-January and is considering a handful of schools for his two remaining spots.

On Wednesday evening Roche received an in-home visit from Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant Kevin Wolthausen.

"It was a pretty good visit," Roche said on Wednesday night. "I've talked to him a couple times before on the phone, but this was the first time that I have met in person. He's a real down to earth guy."

As he did in our previous interview, Roche was quick to comment again on Petrino's decision to remain at the University of Louisville.

"I really respect how he came out and told everyone that he was going to stay," Roche said. "Tonight he told me to look into his eyes and then he told me again that he is staying and that he is excited about the team."

Roche also told ITV that during his visit with Petrino that they discussed a possible position and what they would expect of him if he chose to commit to U of L.

"We talked about where he thought I'd be and where the program is going," explained the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Roche. "He told me that they see me as a weakside tackle, but that they would also like me to learn the other [offensive line] positions once I got that down. His plan for me is to compete for a backup position as a freshman."

Since his decision to de-commit from Rutgers last week, Roche has decided to take all of his visits and think things through prior to making his final decision.

"I'm just not going to do that," Roche said of making a decision. "I don't want to make another quick decision, so I'm going to make all of my visits before deciding. My last visit will probably be just a few days before signing day, so I'll probably just wait until then."

The East Hot 100 selection is also considering official visits to Notre Dame, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Purdue.

NOTE: Roche will learn on Friday if he will be selected to the U.S. Army All-American game. If selected, Roche would join local prospects James McKinney and Earl Heyman, as well as other U of L prospects Jerome Hayes and Brian Cushing at the game.

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