Rolle Still Making Up His Mind

Brian Rolle still has a number of options remaining on the table.

On Dec. 12, Ohio State secured its 11th verbal commitment for their class of 2007 when Immokalee, Florida linebacker Brian Rolle verbaled to the Buckeyes and ended his recruitment.

Or did he?

A self-imposed deadline of Jan. 12 for the Florida Gators to offer him an official visit came and went without a phone call, but that does not mean the Gators are backing off of him. It also does not mean that other schools have stopped calling him.

Before National Signing Day rolls around, Rolle could still take official visits to Florida, Miami (Fla.) or Florida State – but he still insists that he is a Buckeye.

"This is the thing I tell people now: I'm committed to Ohio State," Rolle told BuckeyeSports.com. "Anything can happen between now and Signing Day. I just tell people that I'm a Buckeye and when I sign, they'll find out. Most guys, they think that I'm going to change my mind and all that, but there's got to be a lot of persuading going on between now and Signing Day to change my mind."

On National Signing Day, Rolle said he knows both Ohio State and Wisconsin will be sending paperwork to him – OSU to make his commitment official, Wisconsin in an attempt to steal him away from the Buckeyes.

But several schools in Florida appear to be turning up the heat on Rolle with less than three weeks remaining before signing day. The 5-10, 202-pound linebacker has been hearing from the Gators, the Seminoles and the Hurricanes in recent days.

"The Florida coaches visited me (Wednesday)," Rolle said. "(Offensive line/tight ends) Coach Steve Addazio was here yesterday. He was telling me that maybe this weekend they'll find out if (Miami verbal John Jones) committed or whatever. Florida State dropped in the picture. Actually, Tuesday I got a call and they want me to visit and I'm thinking to myself, ‘It's a bit too late for that' and then my coach told me that Miami might offer me now."

An offer from the Hurricanes might complicate things. As a child, Rolle said the Hurricanes were his favorite team. Those feelings spilled over until his high school years, when he told people that he "couldn't believe he was going to be a Hurricane" when he would attend Miami games.

But now, Rolle said he's not sold on the party-like atmosphere of Miami.

"I would like it if I'm just there for school and football, but if they would offer honestly I would take that visit because when people speak of first loves, that was my first love, Miami," he said. "I was telling my coach when I first started getting talked to by coaches and stuff, if Miami offered me I'm going to commit. But I never received their offer and it's been a year and a half."

Although his decision had been between OSU and Florida when Rolle committed to the Buckeyes, the linebacker said the national championship game would have no effect on his thoughts for either team.

After Florida's 41-14 dismantling of the Buckeyes, that statement remains true, he said.

"People still tell me every day, ‘Hey man, what happened to Ohio State?' and I'm like, ‘They lost. That's a part of the game. You can't go undefeated forever,' " Rolle said. "I look at it like, wow, they played in the biggest game there is. They didn't lose to Illinois or Western Kentucky team, they lost to a top team in the national championship game."

For now, Rolle remains committed to the Buckeyes, but his final decision might not be made until he puts his name on the dotted line and commits.

"If I happen to change my mind, it will be on Signing Day," he said. "If I make a bad decision, I'll make the best of where I go."


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