Roseboro Eyeing Summer UNC Visits

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- Darian Roseboro's relationship with Keith Gilmore, North Carolina's defensive line coach, was a prime reason for the Tar Heels making his cut to ten schools. The two speak on a weekly basis.

"I've scheduled a couple of visits to come down there during the summer to get around the players and get a feel for Carolina," the 6-foot-3, 293-pound defensive lineman said. "I won't do any camps – they're just visits to hang out with the coaches."

Since the end of the football season, Roseboro has made a couple of visits to UNC for basketball games. The most recent was when the Tar Heels' hosted Duke. Prior to the game, the football staff held a junior day.

"It was crazy," Roseboro said. "You see Carolina's fan base come out. You see how many alumni they have to support the team and support the players."

Roseboro says it was his most memorable visit to UNC to date.

"It was just the way the coaches were having fun with the recruits," Roseboro said. "They did a lot of unique things. And I got good feedback from the players. I got a good vibe from them and the coaches."

At the Shrine Bowl Combine on Saturday, Roseboro tipped the scales at 293 pounds, but flashed his athleticism with the second fastest 20-yard dash (2.77 seconds), an 8-foot-6 broad jump, and a 4.9-second 20-yard shuttle (he also had a combine-best 40 bench reps of 185 pounds). Regardless, he says that UNC doesn't project him as an inside player.

"[Gilmore] seems me coming in as a strong-side D-end," Roseboro said. "He said he sees me playing that position with my speed and my weight."

Besides UNC, Roseboro has also visited Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee this off-season.

Roseboro's recruiting trips helped him whittle a lengthy list of scholarship offers down to ten schools – Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, LSU, Michigan, UNC, NC State, Ohio State, and Tennessee.

"I just felt more comfortable down there [at those schools]," Roseboro said. "I like the coaching staffs. I've built a relationship with each coach from each team."

Roseboro's next step is to cut his list in half to five by the end of July.

"I don't think I'm going to take my official visits, because I'm going to commit during my first week of school," Roseboro said. "By then I should know where I feel most comfortable at."

Prior to cutting his list to five, Roseboro will revisit a few schools. In addition to UNC, he plans to travel to Tennessee in a couple of weeks and has a trip scheduled to Michigan for the latter part of July.

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