OL Talks About Commitment

Miami was the first school to offer this standout offensive lineman last April. He chose the Hurricanes over Penn State, Wisconsin, and a host of others that also offered scholarships. He says his decision is final and he is looking forward to the start of his senior season.

As I have been predicting since my original report indicating that Miami was the first school to offer him way back in April, Linwood (N.J.) Mainland standout offensive lineman John Rochford has committed to the University of Miami.

At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Rochford picked the Hurricanes over Penn State, Wisconsin, and a host of others that also offered scholarships.

"I'm going to Miami," Rochford said. "I really like it there. I really like the coaches. I took an unofficial visit there in May and fell in love with the school, the campus, and the program. I think it's a place that I can really fit in well. It was a hard decision but I think I can really fit in well at Miami."

Rochford, a full academic qualifier, was offered a scholarship very early by the Hurricanes and they continued recruiting him all summer.

"I was the first offensive lineman they offered," Rochford said. "They started recruiting me real early and kept recruiting me after my visit there. I'm really excited about this opportunity."

Rochford, who doubles as a talented defensive tackle, talked about his future as a Hurricane.

"They haven't really said which side of the ball I'll play on," he said. "Either side is fine with me, as I just want to help the team in whatever way I can. I'll probably start as a guard but I told them that I would like to play center because Miami is always producing great players at that position. They have an All-American now named Brett Romberg. I think I'm pretty smart and I can make all the line calls so I'd like to give it a try."

The talented offensive lineman said his decision is definitely a final one.

"The only visit I'll take is to Miami and that'll be in December sometime," he said. "I've already visited the other schools that I was considering and I felt Miami was the best place for me so I won't be taking any other official visits."

Now Rochford's focus is turning to the start of the season.

"Things are looking pretty good," he said. "We had a scrimmage last night and it went pretty well. We have a few preseason games over the next couple weeks before the season starts so we can continue getting ready. I'm so excited for the season to start. My biggest goal is to help my team win."

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