Another Roark to watch in Ada this year

Another force named Roark is coming up in Ada. While Craig last year brought in teams from all over the nation and ended up signing with Nebraska, there may be another big reason for those schools to return to Ada this fall. This fall they can see Craig's "little" brother anchor the defensive line.

Little isn't an adjective that can be used to describe Chad Roark. Chad comes in at 6-foot-2.5 and just weighed in at 286 pounds. While his older brother anchored the offensive line last season, Chad fills the same role on the defensive side of the ball.

The nearly 290 pound defensive tackle from Ada, Okla. can cover the 40-yard dash in 5.08 seconds, benches 345, squats nearly 500 pounds and can hang-clean 295. He is carrying a 3.6 GPA and scored a 19 on his ACT.

If you think that those numbers are impressive, all you have to do is get into his stats to really see impressive. "I had 117 tackles last season, 32 tackles for loss and six sacks," Chad Roark said.

"I had 45 pancakes, but I never played full-time on offense. Every time I came in on goal line I got a pancake. I played center for a game and a half when our center was hurt, but that's it."

With those numbers he brought home all-area honors by his local newspaper. All-area doesn't seem like a lot, but for underclassmen that is about all you can do in Oklahoma where only seniors can be voted for all-district and all-state honors.

He has started getting honors for next season already though. "I got invited to the Max Emfinger All-American game. I am not sure how big of a deal it is. I'll go play in it if I don't get invited to the U.S. Army All-American Game."

While recruiting attention are honors in themselves in the forms of mail, Chad gets that everyday. And everyday he is more amazed by yet another team starting to write him or how the letters are written.

"I got some hand written mail from Florida and Tennessee today. SMU has been sending me a lot of stuff. Georgia Tech has been sending me a lot of stuff and I have never even talked to them before. Their recruiting coordinator sent me like a two page hand written letter today."

While he hasn't received his first formal offer yet, Roark believes that a couple of Big XII schools are close. "Texas A&M told me that when I come down there to visit that they are going to offer me and so did Kansas State. I am going to A&M's junior day on February 26. I may go to Kansas State this weekend."

While there are some very big schools writing Chad and possibly close to offering, he isn't about to name leaders and has sort of a new attitude when it comes to playing with his brother Craig in college.

"I don't really want to name leaders or anything. I am just going to go wherever I get an offer. Once I get some offers I will start narrowing it down from there."

"Lately I have been thinking that maybe it might be bad (to play with Craig), but I don't know. I helped Craig in his decision and I have some strong feelings for them (Nebraska), of course. I am going to take all of my officials before I even think about committing, unless I fall in love with the place on one of my officials."

Last year Chad hit some more local camps to him, but this summer will be a different story. Chad had an impressive performance in San Antonio at the Junior All-American combine already and is eyeing a trip to Lincoln this summer.

"I went to OU and OSU for a day last year, but it really was a camp and not a combine. I am going to Nebraska's camp this summer. If a team wants to see me in person I will go. That is what Nebraska wants me to do. They want to see me in person before they offer."

Chad's strengths are apparent when you see him on the field. He is a leader and is almost unstoppable at the point of attack. Ask Chad about it and he attributes that to one quality and is the product of playing another sport nearly all of his life.

"Probably just leverage. I have been wrestling forever so I know how to use my strength and my weight."

Chad says that he is planning on addressing his speed and more specifically his 40 time this summer. He will be working hard this spring through the summer and will be another hot commodity to come out of Ada this year.

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