Myron Rolle Combines Faith, Football, Academics

Recently named the No. 1 prospect in the Pre-season East Hot 100, defensive back Myron Rolle could possibly end up as the top prospect in the entire country. On Tuesday, Rolle spoke with about about how he balances being in such a spotlight with his academic work and strong religious faith. This exceptional young man takes it all in stride.

With the school year now complete, standout defensive back Myron Rolle of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., could do what most students do during the summer -- take it easy. However, the gifted young man is doing anything but kicking back and relaxing during the last summer of his high school life. "Now that school is over, I am working out four times a week in Atlantic City, which is about ten minutes from my house," Rolle said. "Four of us run different drills, like running stairs, doing different agility drills, cones, running some one-on-one's, and things like that." recently named Rolle the No. 1 player in the East Region and has him on the short list to be the top player in the country. However, the young man has other things to concern himself with -- primarily picking the school where he will spend the next three or four years of his life (as with high school, he plans on finishing college early). Reporting 57 offers, at one time he had narrowed down his list to five: Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. He maintained for a time that the list was final, and that his choice would come from those schools. Recently, however, he added three schools. "I was solid with the five schools I had listed," Rolle said. "But Texas, Georgia, and Penn State were recruiting me hard so I looked at them a little closer. I felt it was possible for me to excel at any of those schools as well as the schools on my original list, so I said I would take a look." Rolle visited Penn State the day before the PSU Nike Camp, and he said he was undecided as to whether he will visit Texas and Georgia.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Rolle has already visited Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan, and Florida, and he said he will visit Florida State near the end of this month. Then, he is planning on announcing his decision at the end of August. "I have enjoyed the process and am still enjoying it," he said. "There are parallels at a lot of the schools, and some advantages at some, while others are lacking. It will come down to where I feel most comfortable with the coaching staff. I want to enjoy going to school as a student rather than as an athlete."

He didn't elaborate on the traits of each school. He did, however, expand on two. "When I visited Oklahoma it was a real treat to meet and talk with Coach (Barry) Switzer. I also signed a lot of autographs for people," he said. "At Michigan, I was able to speak with Bo Schembechler and also sign autographs for people. I really enjoyed both experiences."

May was a busy time for the talented athlete. He spent the month juggling studies with track and with the constant stream of college coaches visiting his school. While he has narrowed down his list of possibilities, other schools were still trying. "I fielded a lot of calls, even though I have told most of the schools I am not interested," he said. "There were a lot of people coming through here, but I kept focused on track and school. I finished third in the 100-meters at the state meet, and 4th in the 200. I set school records in those two events, and the 400." He said he still receives about 9-10 text messages a day.

Rolle also excels in the classroom. A 4.0 student at the prestigious Hun School, he recently scored a 1970 on the new version of the SAT, which translates into a 1340 on the old system. It's well known that he wants to end up in medicine, but there is one goal to attain first. "If I am blessed to be drafted into the NFL, I will pursue that first," he said. "I'm just as committed to football as I am academics. I will come back to medical school after my NFL career."

While preferring to play at the cornerback position, Rolle said he is open to playing wherever he is needed. At 217 pounds, it could very well be at safety. "If I can maintain my speed and agility at a heavier weight, then I'll play at corner," he said. "In the end I want to play wherever I can best exploit my abilities."

Football and academics are not the only influences for Rolle. He is also a very religious person, and will carry that with him wherever he goes. "I am looking at that aspect of things as well," he said. "I realize my religious background will stick with me no matter where I go. As a matter of fact, Mark Richt, the head coach at Georgia, told me something no one else has: that if I come to Georgia I will not only grow physically and mentally, but spiritually as well. I really liked that he said that. I know he is a strong family man."

The Michigan Insider Top Stories