Rocker researching Louisville

After receiving word of a scholarship offer from Louisville shortly after turning in a strong performance at the Tuscaloosa All-American combine, Sparkman High School linebacker Albert Rocker of Harvest, Alabama, has turned to the Internet to find out more about the Cardinal program. What were the results of his online research? Click inside for all latest on one of Alabama's top prospects...

Just a few weeks ago Sparkman High School linebacker Albert Rocker was a gifted prospect waiting to be discovered by college coaches making their rounds to high schools and combines. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker took the opportunity to attend the All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa and used it to his advantage.

"My goal going in was to make the All-Combine team which I did," Rocker told "I try to always set goals for myself, so I wanted to go against the top players there."

With dozens of college coaches looking on, Rocker turned in a stellar performance, resulting in two scholarship offers - Vanderbilt and Louisville - shortly afterwards.

"It feels real good to have those," he said. "It was like a big weight off my chest."

While his scholarship count currently sits at two, the recent increase in attention has Rocker close to picking up a few more.

"I know I might get a couple more soon," he continued. "Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn, Penn State, Nebraska, Eastern Michigan are some of the others that could offer soon. A coach from Memphis called (Tuesday) and said that it's possible that they might offer."

As a junior, Rocker recorded 83 tackles, 13 sacks, 9 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and recovered 2 fumbles, earning All-Region, All-Metro and team Defensive MVP honors.

"I'm pretty laid back on the field," he explained. "I'd consider myself a leader because I stay pretty level headed. I'm not the guy that is going to scream and yell at his teammates when I come on the field - I stay pretty calm."

Louisville assistant Reggie Johnson serves as Rocker's primary recruiter and the former Cardinal defensive lineman has made a strong impression with one of the top linebacker prospects in the south.

"I like Coach Johnson and the way he talks with me," Rocker said of the budding relationship. "I've been looking things up on the Internet about Louisville since they offered me. I'm looking up all kinds of things, like the school, what majors they have, the roster, the city, and stuff like that."

"I'm still wide open, but from what I've seen so far I really like," he continued. "I'm not saying that they are number one, but I'm definitely going to look at them pretty hard."

With his stock continuing to rise, a number of school's are extending Rocker invitations to their upcoming camps.

"I have a good idea where I'm going to go to camps, but I don't know all of them for sure yet," he said. "I'm going to try to go Ohio State's camp and I'm definitely going to Auburn's. I'm also going to try to go to the camps at Memphis and Louisville. I know I'm going to the camp at UAB."

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