With 15 scholarships and counting Darian Roseboro’s reputation preceded his arrival in Tampa, Fla., last week for this year’s Under Armour All American Combine. Despite that the talented youngster opted to compete in every phase of the event… from testing to one-on-ones… and he shone brightly in all of them.
“I think it was a pretty successful day,” a proud Roseboro said afterward. “I had a good 40, I got 32 reps bench press (of 185), which is one of the highest, (and) I dominated one on ones. So I thought it was a pretty good day.”
The Tar Heel State star displayed an excellent blend of quickness and power during the one-on-ones. On some reps he blew by his man with impressive “get-off.” When a lineman matched his quickness, his power was too much even for opponents that held significant weight advantages. By the time he matures at the next level he could be a 270-280 lb. five-tech that is a factor versus both the run and the pass. He certainly was that for Lincolton last year when he notched 128 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and seven pass breakups. He proved to be a dominant force for a team that surprised a number of opponents.
“We were the underdogs,” Roseboro explained. “We came out and we knocked out the top three teams. Beat the number one seed, Carver, so we made it to the third round and lost by a field goal. So we made some noise in the playoffs.”
With his season now well in the rearview his focus has switched to his recruitment where he is just now starting to sort through a bevy of interested suitors.
“It is pretty much even,” said Roseboro reiterating the stance he has taken from the beginning of his recruitment. “I am really going to evaluate during the spring.”
However that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t already begun forming strong bonds with a number of the coaches courting him.
Another name that he recently added to that list is Michigan assistant Roy Manning. The two have forged a fast rapport, one that has Roseboro planning to return the visit favor that Manning offered last fall.
“I think I’ll visit him at college,” Roseboro stated. “We built that relationship where he understands where I am coming from. He doesn’t just talk about football. He talks to me about life after football (and) what I can be special at Michigan.”
It’s possible that he could get his first glimpse of Ann Arbor in just a few short months.
Making his list of spring and/or summer stops will likely prove crucial to those hoping to make Roseboro’s list of finalists.
“(A commitment will come) in the middle of my season,” he said. “I am going to have my top five before my senior season and then I’ll narrow it down and take my visits.”
“I’ll be looking for a family-like environment, a program that is on the rise that is winning a program that is getting top recruits that is going to help build the 2015 class up.”
And one non-factor will be distance from home.
“My parents will come to every game,” Roseboro insisted. “They will be there no matter where I go. I know they will.”