As the recruiting season peaks, players like David Rolf start to get more attention. A one-star from Piqua, Ohio, Rolf is a versatile athlete capable of playing numerous positions on the gridiron.
Although other teams have recruited Rolf as a defensive end or tight end (he played wide receiver in addition to his defensive duties at Piqua), Michigan State sees Rolf as a linebacker, likely on the outside to utilize his speed. He agrees with that assessment.
"I think more of a linebacker than a D-end or anything else," he says when asked where he sees himself playing at the next level.
Last weekend, he officially visited Michigan State and enjoyed his experience, save one chilly detail.
"It went pretty good, I liked being up there. Coach Dantonio, coach Tressel, coach Narduzzi, coach Treadwell — I liked all of them. It was pretty cool," he said. "I liked it, it was pretty nice. It was pretty cold, though," he said, commenting on the single digit temperatures in East Lansing. "Greg Jones was my host," Rolf added. "He was pretty cool. I liked him a lot."
Rolf has drawn offers from the SEC, PAC 10, Big Ten, and nearly every MAC school. Utah and BYU have also offered, two schools where he has family connections. With National Signing Day only weeks away, is Rolf ready to make his decision?
"I think I'm going to try and make a decision here pretty soon, in the next week," he said. "I'm pretty much down to — I'm going out to Oregon next weekend, I think, and Michigan State and Ball State, because my brother is there and I liked everything there, so, it's down to those three."
In the meantime, Rolf keeps in shape by playing forward on the basketball team at Piqua. "It keeps me in shape and it keeps my footwork up and everything like that," he said.
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