Okla. OL Roark back from LSU

Nick Saban entertained one of the top offensive linemen in the country last week when Craig Roark took an unofficial visit to LSU.

Roark has more than 15 offers heading into the summer and some wonder whether the Tigers have a legitimate shot at landing the 6-4, 300-pounder from Ada, Okla.

"I was impressed with the city," Roark told Tiger Rag. "It is really a beautiful place. The recruiting manager took us on a tour of the campus and I was most impressed with the Academic Center. It was the best that I have seen. I was also impressed the training department, the facilities and everything that is available to the athletes. I think that when they get the new facilities finished they will be among the best in the country."

Roark got to spend some time with LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searles and the two appeared to had hit it off.

"We met with coach Searles and he reviewed some video with me and showed me what their practices are like," said Roark who also plans on visiting Florida State, Miami, Arizona, Ohio State and Tennessee this summer. "I really was impressed with coach Searles. It is evident that he is a top offensive line coach. He is enthusiastic and my kind of coach."

To top off the day's events Roark and his family got to sit down and pick the brain of the man who is responsible for attracting the top prospects from around the country. The one questions that always seems to come up with Saban came up in their conversation and Roark seemed convinced that Saban has no plans of leaving Baton Rouge anytime soon.

"We met with coach Saban for about an hour and I was really impressed with him," Roark said. "He seems to love LSU and when I asked him how long he was staying there he was pretty convincing that he is there for the long haul. He seems to like the college game much more than the professional game."

Previously when Roark mentioned the top schools fighting for his signature LSU would come up but now the Tigers are mentioned in a slightly different tone.

"LSU is in my top five," he said. "I could see myself living in Louisiana. It is only a one hour flight to Dallas and then a two and a half hour drive to Ada."

On a side note Craig's brother, Chad, who will be a junior this year made the trip too and he reportedly enjoyed it as much as Craig did. Chad is a 6-3, 275 pound defensive tackle and will be one of the most sought after players in the country at his position for the Class of 2006.

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