Darian Roseboro laid out the criteria for choosing his collegiate destination long ago.
“I’ll be looking for a family-like environment, a program that is on the rise that is winning a program that is getting top recruits that is going to help build the 2015 class up,” Roseboro told GoBlueWolverine back in January.
And he made it clear that one non-factor would be distance from home.
“My parents will come to every game,” Roseboro insisted. “They will be there no matter where I go. I know they will.”
Today he made lent action to those words with a commitment to the University of Michigan.
The Wolverines ascendency can be directly tied to the relationship he forged with his primary recruiter in Ann Arbor, Roy Manning. When the four-star defensive end made his way to Ann Arbor in April, family in tow, that relationship was taken to another level.
“We got along perfect,” Roseboro father, Johnny said. “It was like someone I have known for years. We just clicked and I liked that. He didn’t try to be anybody else. They are themselves. What you see is what you get. I like that.”
“I think that (another) thing that made it stand it was meeting Coach (Hoke), meeting the coach’s wives, and the other coaches. They’re not rushing in and out… not rushing us from here to there or kind of (trying to) sell themselves. They pretty much let themselves be sold by just acting normal towards us.”
In the final analysis the comfort established during that visit and on the return trip to Ann Arbor for the Barbecue at the Big House in July made the Wolverines too tough to beat.
“I’m looking at a program and does he have the family-like environment, “said Mr. Roseboro. “The coaches, all the people that he is up there around, does he relate to them? Whether or not they are down to earth regular people like we are, that plays a lot. How we feel they are going to take care of our kids that we’re putting in their hands plays a lot.”
"Distance isn’t a factor. This is his achievement. We’re going to back with whatever he decides to do.”
Mom agreed wholeheartedly.
“Distance is not a factor,” Angela Roseboro insisted. “We’re going to be there regardless of where he plays. Wherever he decides to go, we’re going to be there. That’s not going to be a question. We’re looking at how the coach interacts with his players as one of the big factors. How they talk to one (another). Just kind of reading him to make sure that he was genuine in what he is telling us about how he is going to treat Darian. That is a big factor is how Darian is going to interact with them, the coaches. Even before we ever made it to Michigan, Coach Manning was…Darian really really liked him from the get go. That’s one of the reasons that we went to Michigan was because he really wanted to see it. Coach Manning was selling Michigan and we wanted to make sure that we got up there to see what it was all about.”
With his recruitment now behind him Roseboro’s attention turns to his season. Michigan, meanwhile, can focus on rounding out its defensive class with another corner and a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Roseboro pledge fills the Wolverines’ defensive end needs, and because of his versatility he could slide inside to defensive tackle if the need presented itself.
The four-star prospect now stand 6-3, 293 pounds, but looks and moves like a plyer 20 pounds lighter. The same was true at the Under Armour Combine back in January when he weighed in at 270 pounds, but looked and moved like a player that weighed 250. The Tar Heel State star displayed an excellent blend of quickness and power during the one-on-ones. On some reps he blew by his man with impressive “get-off.” When a lineman matched his quickness, his power was too much even for opponents that held significant weight advantages. He should be a factor versus both the run and the pass in Ann Arbor. He certainly was that for Lincolnton last year when he notched 128 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and seven pass breakups. He proved to be a dominant force for a team that surprised a number of opponents.
He plans to wreak even more havoc this year.
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