RECRUITING: Ada OL one of the Sooner state's best

Ada, Okla. offensive lineman Craig Roark is the latest prospect to come out of one of the Sooner State's hottest hotbeds. See inside for his current list of favorites and interest in Oklahoma.


Craig Roark is a three-year starter at one of the best high school football programs in the state of Oklahoma. Roark started as sophomore at defensive end, before moving to offensive guard at the end of his sophomore year. Then, as a junior, Roark played right offensive guard and left defensive tackle.

"I played some defense in high school, but I am being recruited as a guard for college," said Roark. "Most colleges want me to play guard or center. In fact, all of them are recruiting me to play offensive line. That is great because I just want to play, and if they want me to play center or guard that is great with me."

Roark graded out at 92 percent along the offensive line and he finished with 84 true pancake blocks. Throw in another 150 knockdown blocks and Roark had an amazing junior season. He also played goal-line defense for most of the season, but in the playoffs went both ways. During two playoff games Roark was sensational racking up 30 tackles overall.

Roark can bench 365 pounds, squats 450 and he has a 25-inch vertical jump. He has wrestled before in high school, but he is now concentrating on football and the shot and discus in track. Roark attended the Sooner football camp last year and before his 7th grade year.

"I have always been a football freak and growing up in Ada has been great," said Roark. "We love football here and I wouldn't have it any other way."

Roark has been offered by Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska and OSU, and Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, TCU and OU are recruiting him seriously.

"I am going to one of OU's spring practices and I am going to several other junior days," said Roark. "I have always been a Sooner fan, but I am not going to let that bug me in recruiting. I am going through recruiting with an open mind and I want to make sure that I can fit in with that particular college and see how I get along with the coaches.

"I like the fact that OU will allow me to come to one of their practice. I am looking forward to seeing how they work out and how I stack up to some of their offensive linemen. Many of the schools who have not offered me yet, say they will when I visit on their junior day. I am definitely wide open in recruiting right now."

Craig's little brother Chad (6-2, 260) is a junior on the Ada squad and is a player to watch as a defense tackle. A year ago Chad had 100 tackles on the year.

Craig has already qualified, but will continue to work on upgrading his academic standing.

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