RECRUITING: Top sophomore likes OU

New Jersey prospect impressed with summer trip to Norman, will make a return trip in November

Just when you thought Sooner football recruiting in 2004 was heating up, Bob Stoops and company seem to have already set their sights on 2006.

This afternoon, Myron Rolle, a rising 16-year-old sophomore at The Peddie School, a prep school in Hightstown, N.J., told in an exclusive interview that he has received a 2006 scholarship offer from Oklahoma.

"I'd commit right now, but my father wants me to stay wide open," said Rolle, who also has an offer from Purdue. "I really, really, really, really, really like Oklahoma. They're definitely my favorite.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder tallied 90 solo tackles, five interceptions and blocked three field goals as a freshman. He runs a 4.49, has a 37-inch vertical and can bench-press 185 pounds an amazing 18 times.

He's also receiving interest from Duke, Iowa, Florida State, Miami and Rutgers.

In June, Rolle made his splash on to the national scene at OU's annual football camp, where he said Stoops called him the camp's best player.

On the camp's final day, Rolle said Stoops gave him and his parents, who drove 24 hours to make the trip, a personal tour of OU, which included a 30-minute meeting in the head coach's office.

While there, Rolle said Stoops let him try on all the championship rings from his stints at Iowa, Florida and Oklahoma.

"It was amazing," said Rolle. "I actually got the national championship ring stuck on my hand, so I told him, ‘Hey coach, I think I'm gonna have to keep this one."

After that, Rolle said Coach Stoops offered him a scholarship for 2006.

"He told me that he's never offered a sophomore before," said Rolle. "And then he told me that he wanted to go back to New Jersey with me."

Since then, Rolle said he and Stoops have talked via telephone on two separate occasions.

"We talk about anything," said Rolle. "It doesn't even have to be football. A lot of the time, we just talk about girls and football."

In college, Rolle said he'd like to play free safety, but also mentioned that outside linebacker might be a possibility as well. He said his favorite current Sooner is senior cornerback Derrick Strait.

"He's fast and basically everything I want to be right now as a defensive back," said Rolle. "He's real smooth and fluid with his movements. He's just a great defensive player."

Besides football, Rolle also runs track and plays basketball, where he averaged 13.5 points and 10 rebounds. He owns a 4.0 GPA, is class president and wants to major in neurology.

"I actually like working with the brain and nervous system," said Rolle. "I'd really like to give back to the community and makes the lives of people easier."For now, Rolle said he's planning on making a visit to Norman on November 15 to watch OU in action vs. Baylor.

Until then, he said his OU hat, which he purchased during his football camp visit, is drawing lots of attention in New Jersey.

"I sport it a lot, so people are always asking me why I'm rocking Oklahoma in New Jersey, which is Rutgers territory," said Rolle. "I just laugh it off and tell them, ‘Boomer Sooner, baby.'"

Although signing day for Rolle is still 30 months away, he admits that Norman is constantly on his mind.

"I'm 90 to 95 percent sure that by the time I'm ready to sign, it'll be Oklahoma," said Rolle. "I just can't wait for that day."

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