Rocker talks visit; upcoming plans

Harvest, Alabama prospect Albert Rocker spent much of this past Monday in the Derby City making an unofficial visit with the U of L football program. What did the three-star linebacker have to say about his time checking out the Cardinals? has the latest...

Last Monday, Sparkman High School linebacker Albert Rocker made the four and a half hour trip from his Harvest, Alabama home for a lengthy unofficial visit at Louisville.

"We stayed for 6 or 7 hours," said Rocker. "We watched the players practice some and we got to talk to some of the coaches. We toured all of the facilities and the entire campus. It was nice, I've never seen a 100-yard indoor facility before."

During his tour of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, Rocker had the opportunity to watch film and learn what the Cardinal coaches would expect of him.

"I got to watch some film and they were showing me how I would fit into their defensive scheme," he explained, adding that he's planning on making a return trip. "I'm thinking about taking my official visit there for the Miami game."

While he said that he could tell the Cardinal offense had the talent to once again rank among the nation's best, it was the defense that left the strongest impression.

"They look like they're going to be a pretty good team," he said. "They have some big games this year and I think they'll be able to win those. Everybody thinks about their offense because they can score 40 to 45 points in a game, but their defense is going to be pretty good this year too."

A recent trip to Atlanta for an unofficial visit with Georgia Tech also made a positive impression.

"It went real well," said Rocker. "They have great academic programs and facilities. I'll definitely take an official there too."

His travels won't end with Louisville, as trips into Indiana and Tennessee are on the upcoming schedule.

"I'm going to Purdue this week and I'm trying to visit Vanderbilt next week," he continued. "I'll let you know next week what day I'll visit Vanderbilt."

In addition to his summer travels, Rocker has also made unofficial visits with Alabama, Auburn and Florida.

"I'm also hearing from West Virginia and Central Michigan and they say that they are going to offer me," he said. "I also hear from Tennessee and I've started to get some things from UCLA. I'd like to hear some from Ohio State."

"I don't have any favorites really," he continued. "I can't say that I do right now. I still want to visit some other places first. I'm going to try to make my decision by week 10 of the season."

With the start of his senior season rapidly approaching, Rocker explained that he's ready to turn his attention to the action on the field.

"Sometimes I can' sleep at night," he said. "I watch a lot of film on myself. I'm always looking for my best moves and try to use that to improve. I'll watch a lot of film on guys that I'm going to go against too."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Rocker recorded 82 tackles, 13 sacks, 9 pass deflections and 7 forced fumbles in 2005. He received All-Metro and All-Region honors and was named an Alabama junior all-star.

Sparkman begins practice on August 3, with their preseason jamboree set for August 25.


Joining Rocker on his visit to Louisville was teammate Jusmon Rivers. The Sparkman High School athlete has seen time at quarterback and will play some receiver this fall as well.

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