Roseboro: "I Enjoyed It"

Pack Pride checks in with Lincolnton (NC) defensive end Darian Roseboro for an update on his recruitment following an official visit to NC State.

Lincolnton (NC) defensive end Darian Roseboro announced his commitment to Michigan on August 29th, but it didn't take long for him to begin to question his commitment.

"You know, I started getting a little worried about everything that was going on," said Roseboro. "That's when it hit me that I wasn't really sure about my commitment... I wasn't ready. That's when I chose to open up my recruitment."

Roseboro, who told Pack Pride at his press conference that NC State was the runner-up to Michigan, said that the Wolfpack continued to recruit him even after his decision, and that led to his recent official visit.

"[NC] State was on me even after I committed," he said. "They told me they were going to recruit me all the way up until the end... other schools said that too, that they would recruit me until the end.

"The visit wasn't set up a long time ago... we did it all recently, but they were always recruiting me."

The Wolfpack hosted Roseboro over the weekend. Joining him in Raleigh was his mother, and the four-star defensive end has always said that his family will be involved in his choice.

"My mom really enjoyed it," he said. "She's a strong supporter, and she's going to be happy wherever I go.

"My family is a big factor in my decision, and they will go to any place I play at and come watch me play. They are in the situation where they can make that trip if they want to. Wherever I go they'll be supportive and make it to my games."

What did Roseboro think of his official visit?

"I felt good about everything. I have to get back down there for a couple more visits. I enjoyed it. It was a good game, and I enjoyed talking to the coaches. It was a good visit.

"I hung out a lot with Kentavius Street. I was with him most of the time. I already knew him before I got down there and then we hung out after the game and before the game. He's just a cool guy. He was telling me how it's a great opportunity to come in and play early. I'll have the same opportunity as everybody else and it's all about what you make of it."

One of the highlights of the visit for Roseboro was attending NC State's game against Florida State. The Wolfpack jumped out to an early 24-7 lead before falling 56-41 to the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

"I thought that was their game," he said of the Wolfpack. "That game was won... they won that game. That's how I see it. They punched them in the mouth, they played hard-nosed football, and they got after it. They wanted it. In my eyes, they still got the win. I think it opened a lot of recruits' eyes. We really enjoyed the game."

NC State had several of the state's top prospects in attendance, including targets like Emanuel McGirt, Johnny Frasier, Nyheim Hines, Bryce Love, and Reggie Gallaspy.

"It was cool to get to meet so many of the top players," said Roseboro. "You get to see they are humble like I am, and they are cool guys to talk to. Really, I hung out with all of them in a group, we all hung out.

"I think they really liked the game... we enjoyed it. I think it opened their eyes and they all seemed to get a good vibe from [NC] State."

Before leaving Raleigh, Roseboro sat down with Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren for a final meeting. What was Doeren's pitch?

"It was simple," said Roseboro. "The pitch was that I could come in and play early and make an impact early. They also talked about how it would be big to stay in-state and make an impact."

This week he's already added offers from Oklahoma and Western Michigan and previously held offers from programs like Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Clemson. However, Roseboro doesn't even have a list at this point.

"Right now it's pretty much wide open," he pointed out. "I'm still debating all the schools. They are going to give you their pitch, and I'm just keeping all my options open.

"I don't have any other visits set up yet. I'm not really sure on which schools I will visit. That's something I have to talk over with my parents."

He admitted that he's trying to balance his recruitment with his senior season for Lincolnton (NC), where Roseboro plays running back and defensive end.

"It's going pretty good," he said of his season. "I'm averaging about 100 yards per game and about 10 tackles per game. I've been getting a sack or two a game. I feel like I can always do better, but I'm having a pretty good season.

"I'm playing at about 279 pounds right now. At my press conference I was about 290. I can really play at either weight, but I do feel faster now. I didn't try to lose the weight, it just came from practicing and games."

An early enrollee, Roseboro does have a timeframe for making a decision, and he still maintains that he will take official visits and unofficial visits.

"I want to decide before November 1st," said Roseboro. "Being an early enrollee I want to have it done by then because I have to start getting my paper work in to enroll early.

"I'm going to take some official visits, and I'm sure I'll get back down to [NC] State... I just don't know when yet."

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