Florida LB Names Top Six

"The talent (in Florida) helps prepare me for the next level, so when I get to the next level, I'll already be used to playing against good talent." -- Tarik Rollins, Chaminade Madonna (FL)

With many commits giving verbals, the talent pool for the 2008 class is slowly draining. However, Tarik Rollins, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound, three-star defensive prospect out of Hollywood, Fla., remains on the board.

Rollins made it to Michigan State on a Midwest tour this summer and met with much of the coaching staff—including head coach Mark Dantonio, who made an impression on the speedy linebacker recruit

"He seemed like a good person that wants to bring the program back. (He's) really laid back. And I got to talk with him inside the stadium, so that was pretty cool," Rollins said.

So what is it that Dantonio and over 20 other college programs see in Rollins that have compelled them to offer scholarships?

"Coaches like the way I fly around and make plays, that's what they like about me," Rollins says.

Does Rollins have a list of favorites?

"Right now I have a top six. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, LSU, and Clemson," he says.

With teams like the Spartans and Badgers on his list, what does a southern boy like Rollins see in a Midwest conference?

"The Big Ten has a good tradition of football," he says.

With all the competition he faces in the state of Florida, what benefit does he draw from constantly competing against so many talented players?

"The talent helps prepare me for the next level, so when I get to the next level, I'll already be used to playing against good talent," Rollins says.

When it comes the attitude and skills needed to excel at the next level, what sets his own game apart?

"I think my primary strength is my aggressiveness," says Rollins.

And when it comes to stopping the run versus playing the pass, Rollins has a slight affinity for plugging holes and getting his jersey dirty.

"I like stopping the run more," he says.

Stay tuned as GSN follows Rollins and other important recruits.


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