Rolle Dealing With Loss

Brian Rolle now has some extra motivation on the football field.

Everything was coming up Brian Rolle. An outside linebacker who is being pursued by the two teams slated to battle for the national championship on Jan. 8, Rolle took an official visit last weekend to get a better look at Louisiana State.

He arrived home on Sunday, Dec. 3 and ate, planning to go visit his girlfriend at work when he received a phone call telling him that his girlfriend, Carolyn Joylisa Hines, had been involved in an accident and was not expected to survive. Not much later, he received another phone call telling him that Hines had passed away.

It has put a hold on all his immediate plans.

"To tell you the truth, it's been a living hell," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "This has got to (have been) the worst weekend of my life in my 18 years. I got a call and they said she died. It's a hard pill to swallow. I know I can't do anything about her being dead, but it's just like, ‘how can I get used to it?' I pretty much can't."

With the accident still fresh in his mind, Rolle said it's been difficult to try and talk about it. But now as he attempts to move forward with his life and his future plans, he said he is trying to do what he knows Hines would want him to do.

"I think I'm doing a better job," he said. "I'm done with the crying and all that. I can't bring her back. I know she's trying to say to me right now in my head, ‘stop crying and stop doing this.' I'm just being a man about it.

"I can talk a little now. I didn't want to speak about it for a couple of days, but now I have to be strong for her."

As he attempts to turn his attention back to his future – namely on deciding where to play college football – the senior at Immokalee, Fla. High School has some big decisions to make. He took an official visit to Columbus to see the Buckeyes defeat Michigan 42-39 on Nov. 18, and has also taken official visits to Wisconsin (Oct. 27), Iowa (Nov. 10) and LSU.

Before he makes a final decision, he still plans to check out Florida. That trip won't come for a few weeks, however.

"I told them I can come in January," Rolle said. "I've been on a couple of trips and I just need a couple of weekends where I can hang out."

As a senior, the 5-10, 202-pound Rolle recorded 138 tackles, four fumble recoveries and one interception while "not playing in half of six games," he said. On offense, Rolle also lined up at fullback and rushed for 902 yards on 75 carries.

His recruitment nearly ended while he was in Columbus, however, when he nearly verbaled to the Buckeyes while on campus.

"It was close," he said. "I called home and talked to some friends. They didn't talk me out of it, but they talked me into making sure it was the right decision so I just kind of backed away from it and I'm still giving it some real thought."

Should he commit, Rolle would be the only linebacker the Buckeyes will likely land in their class of 2007. At least, that's what they're telling him.

"There's another guy, I think, but I think he's going to be a defensive end," he said, likely referring to Cincinnati LaSalle's Ben Martin. "There's two schools that I think I'm the only linebacker they want, really, and that's Ohio State and Wisconsin."


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