Desmond Roland Expects To Visit OSU

Dallas (Lake Highlands), Texas standout and versatile running back/wide receiver Desmond Roland II is moving through the summer on a collision course with narrowing down his college choices late this summer or early this fall, depending on how you look at the calendar.

"Yes, I am going to narrow it down right before and early into the (football) season," said Roland.

"I went to TCU early this summer to check them out and they offered me a scholarship. I also went back down to (Texas) A&M for an unofficial visit. I'm looking at going to Oklahoma State sometime this week.

"There are a couple of more schools that I woould like to go see before then. I would like to go back to Arkansas and see it again. I also want to make it up to Nebraska before I decide and narrow it down," Roland added.

Narrow it down may mean a couple of schools or it could mean down to one, and that really depends on what Roland sees and thinks by the time he is ready to do the narrowing.

TCU makes it 11 schools that have offered by our count, joining Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

The question is what do all of these schools see Roland playing. He is expecting them to see them as he sees himself, very versatile. Last season he ran the ball 148 times for 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry. He also caught 22 passes for 492 yards and 6 touchdowns. He averaged 18.2 yards per reception. As a sophomore he had 1,162 all-purpose yards and 9 touchdowns.

"I see myself as versatile, not just a running back," said Roland. "After the season I had this past year I realize that there are a lot of different things that I can do on the football field and I want to use them all against the defense."

Roland said his summer is basically getting ready for football.

"It's all mainly working out at the high school and then competing in seven-on-seven," added the four-star Scout prospect. "I'm not sure if we are going to be in any seven-on-seven contests. I know that we have the chance to be in some."

We asked Roland to give us a heads up and a review of his trip to Stillwater later this week, and to let us know when he narrows his list down later this summer or early this fall. He said he would.

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