Albert Rocker doubles scholarship count

Albert Rocker, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker that is known simply as 'Rock' by his teammates and friends at Sparkman High School in Alabama, picked up a scholarship from U of L soon after his strong performance at the Scout.com All-American Combine held in Tuscaloosa in late April. InsideTheVille.com recently spoke with the All-Metro performer and learned that his stock continues to climb.

Combine success stories aren't rare, but one's that progress as quickly as it has for Harvest (Ala.) Sparkman High School's Albert Rocker don't happen as frequently.

Following his strong performance at the Scout.com All-American Combine held in Tuscaloosa in late April, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker picked up two quick scholarship offers - Louisville and Vanderbilt - that had assistant coaches looking on.

Now just a few weeks later and the All-Metro and All-Region performer has doubled his scholarship offer count.

"I got two more offers," he said. "Georgia Tech and Purdue have now offered me, along with Louisville and Vanderbilt. It feels good to get those, because it keeps me motivated to work even harder."

The list of suitors has continued to rise as a number of programs have joined in the pursuit of Rocker, with many of them appearing to be close to adding to his current list of offers.

"I feel like Auburn, Middle Tennessee, Memphis and Clemson are some of the schools that are close to offering me," he said.

With each scholarship offer, Rocker turns to the internet to research each school with hopes of bringing him to their campus and said that the location of his eventual school won't play much of a role in his decision.

"I don't have any favorites right now," said Rocker, adding that staying or leaving his home state won't be much of a factor. "It doesn't really matter to me. I want to find a school that feels right for me."

With no current favorites and plenty of research still to be done, Rocker isn't close to narrowing down his options to a few favorites schools, much less begin thinking about making a college decision.

"I haven't really even thought about it yet," he explained. "I'm not going to make my decision until a week before the playoffs or around mid-season."

With hopes of making future visits with a number of schools, including Louisville, during the upcoming summer months, Rocker knows some of the criteria that he'll be looking for on each stop.

"Education is first," he explained. "Then I'll look at the football program and see how early I'll be able to play and what the team is like. The atmosphere in the city and how I like the coaches is important too."

A Junior All-Star nominee, Rocker helped lead his team to the state 6-A playoffs by recording 82 tackles, 13 sacks, 9 pass deflections and 7 forced fumbles in 2005.


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