Finch has Okla. Ties

Roy Finch is one of the most talented running backs in SEC country, but he actually has some strong ties to Oklahoma and they are a school high on his list.


"I have offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss and Stanford," said Roy Finch. "Florida and Florida State are really wanting me to come to their summer camps."

"I went to Florida's Junior Day three weeks ago, and I am going to Auburn this weekend. I would like to go to Oklahoma and Florida. I don't have any favorites right now, but I really like Oklahoma, Florida, Auburn and Alabama."

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound prospect talked more in-depth of the schools garnering his attention.

Oklahoma: "One thing I like about Oklahoma is that it's in a small town. I have a lot of family and friends in Oklahoma. They have a rich history of being one of the most consistent winning teams in the country. They always have an explosive offense. They win year in and year out."

Florida: "When you look at Florida all you can say is speed. They have speed at every position on the field. I like to play with a lot of intensity and speed. I like the way they use their receivers. They are a winning program, and things are looking good for the future."

Auburn: "I really don't know too much about Auburn. I have talked to the running backs coach [Curtis Luper]. He said I am one of the top backs in the country. He really likes the way I play, and that I can make an impact as a freshman. They are trying to rebuild. They are trying to compete for the SEC and national championship. I could do big things for the program."

Tennessee: "The same with Tennessee. I have less knowledge. I know they are in Knoxville. I saw them play last year against UCLA. They looked very impressive. They played with a lot of intensity on defense. I think I could be a great addition to their team. They need more playmakers on offense. I really like what they are trying to do."

Alabama: "They have been in contact with me for a while. I could be a big impact freshman player for their program. I went up there during the summer. I liked their campus, environment and community. I really like the town. They are really building something special."

Finch is definitely an offensive weapon who could see action in a variety of ways.

"I am 5-foot-8, 175-pounds right now. Schools like Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida have all said they would use me as a half-back/slot type player. They would use me like a Percy Harvin or Chris Rainey. I would do a lot of punt and kick off return. They just want to get the ball in my hands," Finch explained.

Playmakers are always looking for ways to improve, and Finch is no exception. He recognizes what he brings to the table as well.

"I need to get a little stronger," he said. "I need to get my speed up more. I want to improve my footwork. I need to work on my blocking. They want you to be physical and help the quarterback. I want to get stronger in my upper body."

"One of my greatest assets is my speed and being able to get past any linebacker. I can use my vision in the open field. I love the game and have a lot of passion. I only worry about what I need to do."

Finch recorded 1,296 yards rushing and 350 yards receiving in 2008. He added 450 yards on special teams and scored a total of 22 touchdowns. He was awarded the Northwest Florida Player of the Year and Class 5A First Team All-State.

The talented athlete did a lot for Niceville with only one year in the program. He was born in Clinton, Maryland and moved to Edmond, Oklahoma at the age of 15. He lived in Oklahoma for one year before moving to Niceville.

Finch knows what is important for the move to the next level, but he is not in any hurry to make a decision.

"I am going to wait a while," he stated. "I should have my mind made up in December. I am trying to evaluate each school and find out what is best for me."

"I am basically looking at great academics. I want them to be strong in my major, journalism. Eventually the coaching staff is important. I want to see if they are honest with players, fun to hang out with, loves to push you, and see the best you can do."

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