Top DB Myron Rolle On Michigan

The GoBlueWolverine.com interview with defensive back <b>Myron Rolle</b> of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., continues today. Rolle, possibly the nation's No. 1 prospect, talks about his relationship with the Michigan staff and why the Wolverines are on the final list of schools at which he is considering spending his college career. Also, he tells the story behind the recent photo of him wearing Michigan clothing.

Myron Rolle Profile

Click here for Part I of our interview with Rolle, where he talks about his recruiting in general.

Rated the No. 1 defensive junior in the nation by Tom Lemming, defensive back Myron Rolle of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. will quite possibly be the nation's No. 1 prospect overall when rankings are released in early summer. Already counting 40 scholarship offers, Rolle has narrowed his list of schools to five; Miami, Florida, Oklahoma, Florida State and Michigan have made the final cut for the talented player. "I had to narrow things down in order to make it more manageable. It's possible I'll make a decision before the season begins. I plan on graduating in December and will be enrolling in college in January, so I don't need to stretch things out just for the attention and glory, I'm not that way."

Rolle, who measured 6-foot-3, 206-pounds at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas in January, said he is now weighing in at 214 pounds. Widely regarded as a safety prospect, Rolle is in the unique position of being able to play the cornerback position at his current size. According to those who have seen him play, Rolle is able to control the movement of his body in ways rarely seen in players with such size. Couple that with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, and Rolle could be a wide receiver's worst nightmare. "I want to play cornerback, I like locking up a guy on the outside," Rolle said. "But I know I am growing and may end up too big to play corner. Really though, I don't have a problem playing safety. Michigan is recruiting me to play safety." He added that Florida and Notre Dame were continuing to recruit him at the cornerback spot. Rolle is also a talented running back, gaining 1,501-yards on 142 carries, with 16 touchdowns. Does he want to play both ways at the next level? "I'm not shutting the door on anything," he said. Defensively he had 83 tackles to go along with four interceptions and six sacks.

His interest in Michigan began when he was young, Rolle said, but did not really start blossoming until his sophomore year of high school. At the time Rolle was a student at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., and received some advice from a friend. According to Rolle, his friend told him he needed to make himself more marketable to college coaches. "I finally took his advice and started doing my own recruiting thing the following year," Rolle said. "In the winter of my sophomore year, I made highlight CDs of my season and wrote down the names of several schools that were big time programs. I looked on the University of Michigan's website for the office number and I contacted Bill Sheridan and told him that I was a sophomore running back/safety and I was interested in learning about Michigan."

By this time Rolle had already received offers from Oklahoma and Purdue, and Sheridan told Rolle he was interested in learning more. He sent Rolle a questionnaire, which Rolle said was promptly filled out and returned along with the highlight CD. "He really liked it and encouraged me to come to the camp." Rolle said. "Later that spring, Coach Sheridan stopped by school to say hello. We talked on the phone several times after that, but the thing that really got U-M hooked on me was my dominating performance at the Elite College Combine and the Nike Camp (Sheridan was in attendance)." It was after his showing at the Nike Camp that Michigan began to recruit him seriously. However, the performance also alerted every other school in the country to the talented player, and the offer floodgates opened. It was at the Michigan camp that he was offered a scholarship to play for the Wolverines. Rolle was in the middle of a tour of Midwest schools. After the camp Rolle and his family toured the Michigan campus and met with Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr. Afterwards, the family visited Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

When Sheridan recently left Michigan for a job with the New York Giants of the NFL, there was some concern by Michigan fans that their chances of landing Rolle would evaporate. Rolle put those concerns to rest. "I had a great relationship with Coach Sheridan and I really like him," Rolle said. "But Michigan Coach Ron English has been recruiting me as well, and I think he is now my primary recruiter. He worked one-on-one with me at the camp and taught me a lot. He is a great coach and I have a good relationship with him. He said I have great hips and a great burst."

Academics are a primary focus in Rolle's final list of schools. Carrying a 4.0 grade-point-average, the student-athlete aspires to attend Medical school once his undergraduate studies are complete. "What if football isn't an option?" he said. "While I certainly want to play football beyond college, things can happen and I need to be prepared. Michigan has a great medical school, one of the best in the nation." Rolle said he has a chart comparing and contrasting each school. "I just want a good school," he said. "A place with the combination of good football and good academics."

Rolle is the youngest of five boys, all with names beginning with the letter "M" - Marchant, Marvis, Mordecai, Mckinley and Myron. McKinley, 20, and currently a student at St. John's University in New York City, will soon be looking to attend graduate school. Myron said that while there is a possibility he and his brother will attend the same school, it is not a foregone conclusion. He said the schools his brothers attend (Penn State, Maryland/Arkansas, Rutgers, and St. John's) would not affect his final decision. Nor will the fact that his father is a graduate of the University of Miami. "They will help me," he said. "But my family will never pressure me into going to a certain school because of their personal attachment."

Scholarships and awards are something with which Rolle is very familiar. According to his personal website, www.myronrolle.net, Rolle was awarded the Tom Fabietti Scholarship in eighth grade for his great achievements in the classroom. He also received the Absecon manor Award for his dedication, commitment and overall contribution to the Galloway Township community. He was selected to the Atlantic County All-Star team for Basketball, Football and Baseball, broke three records at Galloway Township Middle School (Basketball Career Scoring, 400-meter dash and long jump), and earned the school's Athlete of the Year and Principal's Award, all while playing First Baritone saxophone and serving as Class President. His numerous football awards include 2nd team All-State as a freshman at free safety; 1st team All-State as a junior; 1st team All-Trentonian; 1st team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League; 1st team All-Trenton Area at free safety. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Defensive Back at the Purdue summer camp, and was the top defensive back at the Penn State Nike Camp.

Rolle said he wouldn't be attending any more camps this year. "I assure you I'll be visiting Michigan sometime this year, before I decide," he said. He said he would also be visiting as many schools on his final list as time permits.

About the photo posted recently on the GoBlueWolverine Message boards showing Rolle in a Michigan shirt and hat: He gave us the story behind the photo, but it's only for subscribers to GBW. Click here to read it on the GoBlueWolverine.com Victors Club Premium Message board.

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