Recruiting: OL says offer a dream come true

Ada, Okla. offensive lineman Chad Roark talks about his season and how OU's offer could effect his commitment to Florida State.

Chad Roark,OL, 6-2, 285, 5.1, ADA, OKLAHOMA:

Chad Roark has been one of the top down line prospects in the state of Oklahoma for the past two years.

Last year it was his brother Craig drawing the recruiting attention earning a full ride to Nebraska, but this year it is Chad who first drew attention on the defensive side of the ball while also playing full-time as a center on offense.

"This year I am actually playing full-time at center and just rotating on defense," said Roark. "I like playing on offense better because I am just better at it. I think I will be a center more than likely on the college level. I already deep snap and don't have any problem with that. I am even the field goal snapper."

Roark can bench 365 pounds, squats 475 and he posted a 26-inch vertical jump. He attended the Scout Combine in San Antonio, but because of a broken knuckles and fingers he didn't attend any summer football camps.

Roark committed to Florida State at the end of June, but was offered by Oklahoma this weekend, which something that he had been waiting on for a long while.

"It was just a dream come true and it is just something else to think about, putting more pressure on me than there already is," said Roark. "I wasn't really expecting it, but Coach Wilson called me out of the blue on Thursday and said he had been watching my film and that he wanted me to come up to the game.

"I showed up to the game and Coach Wilson called me into his office and said that they were going to offer me. Then I met with Coach (Bob) Stoops and he said that I could really help their team. This is just something else to think about. I have to re-evaluate everything again."

Ada is 5-3 on the year having lost two games on the last play of the game.

"I have been playing great," said Roark. "I have been playing as well as I can in most games. I had 22 pancakes against Oklahoma City Northeast."

Roark has qualified and he is a mid-year graduate.

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