Roseboro: "I'm Relieved"

Lincolnton (NC) defensive end Darian Roseboro got the feeling he was looking for Saturday afternoon when he was in Carter-Finley Stadium to watch NC State play Boston College.

Lincolnton (NC) defensive end Darian Roseboro got the feeling he was looking for Saturday afternoon when he was in Carter-Finley Stadium to watch NC State play Boston College.

"That's when I really knew I was going to commit," said Roseboro. "When I got there and got around the players and their recruits... just being around them and being on the field with the fans around there, that's when I decided I wanted to go to [NC] State."

Roseboro's commitment was unique. NC State will have all of their recruits on the sidelines as they warm up for the game, and the coaches will mingle with them during the team's stretch. At that time, Roseboro informed Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren and the rest of the staff of his decision.

"They were pumped up... pretty excited," said Roseboro. "I could tell how happy they were about it."

For Roseboro, the decision was simple as the Wolfpack had several positives.

"Well, first of all it was the coaching staff," he said. "I like them a lot. Then the degree, from an academic standpoint, I'm going to get a good education.

"It was a good move for me and my family. I think my family knew I was going to do it. They were going to support me wherever I went, but I do think they were a little relieved that I was going to be close to home. Also, I think I'll have a great opportunity to play early."

Playing time and schematic fit were huge for Roseboro. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds he is slated to play defensive end for NC State, and he fills a big need. The Wolfpack isn't a high-blitz team, so they need defensive ends who can pressure the quarterback but also set the edge against the run.

"I talked to the coaches about it, and they want me to come in and play defensive end," he stated. "They want me to be able to make the plays that they their ends to make. The scheme is a lot like what we run at my school, so that was big. The coaches put their ends in a position to make plays... they allow them to get up the field and make plays."

Roseboro's recruitment nearly played out in a different manner. He admitted that for much of the process he was a NC State lean, but after taking a spring trip to Michigan he started to favor the Wolverines before ultimately committing to the Big Ten school in late August.

However, just shortly after the decision he started to wonder if he had made the right choice. He hadn't been to Raleigh for a visit in months, so he decided to take an official visit to NC State the weekend they played Florida State.

"It was big for me to get back on campus," he said. "I think that helped contribute to my decision. I really got that vibe back about State, plus being able to see a great game and a great atmosphere helped."

What kept NC State on Roseboro's mind? Part of it was their unique approach at recruiting him. NC State's relentless effort throughout the process stood out, in particular a collection of cards they would send him each day, counting down to his initial commitment. Even though he picked Michigan, Roseboro noticed the Pack's approach.

"Oh, it stood out," he said. "They emphasized how much they wanted me from the first time they started recruiting me, and things like that showed it to me. They would send a card every day, counting down to my commitment date. One might be about the school or another with the players... it was pretty cool. [Laughing] I definitely noticed it."

Now that his decision is behind him, Roseboro has other things on his mind. He hopes he can lead Lincolnton (NC) High School to a state title, and he is also going to focus on recruiting for the Wolfpack.

"I already have some relationships with the commitments," he said. "Pretty much all of them I've started to build a relationship with them, guys like Reggie [Gallaspy], Freddie [Phillips], and Quentez Johnson.

"For me, my two top priorities are Nyheim Hines and Emanuel McGirt. They fit in with everybody in PACK15. They have tremendous talent, and there is a need for both of them. We are losing two offensive tackles so we need an elite tackle, and Nyheim is an electrifying player. He's going to impact because of all the things he can do with the ball. I'm trying to get both of them."

Roseboro added that his decision is final. In fact, he has already signed scholarship papers with NC State and will begin the process of turning in his application so he can enroll in January. With the Wolfpack losing starting defensive end Art Norman, Roseboro has the chance to compete for a starting spot as a true freshman.

"Enrolling early was very important to me," he said. "It's important because I can get into the weight program, and I can get to work in spring ball, learning the defense and getting better.

"I'm relieved it's behind me. I thought after I decommitted from Michigan it would be stressful all over again, but I don't have to worry about that now."

A four-star recruit, Roseboro is the No. 146 player overall in the 2015 class according to

"Roseboro is a force on the defensive line with great athleticism," said Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark. "He has a college-ready frame and is extremely powerful. Roseboro has all the tools you are looking for in a big-time defensive lineman and should make an immediate impact."

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