Lakewood (OH) St. Edward forward Delvon Roe kicked off his late summer college tour with a visit to East Lansing last week to check out the Michigan State Spartans. After returning home to reflect upon his first ever trip to the land of the Green & White, the five-star prospect said the visit was very enjoyable…especially his interaction with the Spartan players.
"It was nice," Roe said. "I had a lot of fun up there. My father loved it. My mother loved the academic part of it. Even my little brother liked it. I walked around campus a lot and I talked to coach a lot. We watched some game film of what they see me playing and who they seem me playing like. They said they think I should come to State because with me, Durrell Summers, Kalin Lucas, Raymar (Morgan), and some other players they've got coming in, they have a great chance of going back to the Final Four."
"Raymar wasn't out there," Roe continued. "He came back home to be with his family for the weekend before he started school. I hung out with Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers. I talked to Drew Neitzel a lot too. I had a lot of fun just being around the players."
While nothing about his time in East Lansing surprised him, Roe indicated that there was one aspect of the trip that he wishes could've been different.
"Nah, it was about what I expected going in, " Roe said when asked if the visit was better than he thought it would be. "There weren't that many people on campus because they hadn't started school. It was the weekend before school so most people were visiting their families. I need to see the real environment when I come up for the basketball games and football games."
Roe will get a big dose of the campus experience he is looking for when he hits the road for Ann Arbor tomorrow. The youngster is anxiously anticipating taking in the hustle and bustle of the students being on campus leading up to the opening football game with Vanderbilt.
"Friday morning I'll be up there (in Ann Arbor)," he said. "I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going to play in the open gym with the guys, and then I'm going to stay overnight and go to the football game the next day."
The Wolverines have long been considered one of the programs at or near the top of Roe's list. Despite their standing, the talented forward still plans to take a patient approach to his recruitment and he says that the Wolverines have been very understanding.
"I talk to them all of the time, and they're not pressuring me at all," Roe said regarding the Michigan coaches. "They just want me to take my time and make the right decision. They think I'm going to be a great player no matter where I go."
The date in which Roe makes the decision on where to spend his college career will most likely fall sometime next year. However, he has laid out a visit itinerary that should bring his recruitment into better focus in the next couple of months.
"I go to Ohio State September 16," he said. "Then I go North Carolina October 13th, Indiana on September 30th, and I'm going to try to go Illinois on September 23rd. I'm waiting for my senior year to make a decision. I'm going to have to see these teams play a lot and get a better feel for their programs."
Roe has some general criteria that he looks for on each of campus visit…like great academics and strong team chemistry. That said, there is another factor that he feels will tip the scales in the favor of one of the schools over all of the others. He can't quite put his finger on exactly what is, but he believes that he'll know it when he sees it.
"I'm looking for the 'X' factor," Roe explained. "Something that that school has that the other schools don't have. All these schools are going to have great campuses and big time programs. They're all going to be similar. I'm looking for the 'X' factor…the place that suits me, that I really enjoy, and that I really like."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Roe in the coming days.