Sooners Get in the Game

Roszell Gayden only held one offer coming out of high school, but now that he has developed his game on the JuCo level he has more opportunities than he can recall. The Oklahoma Sooners are one of the latest to get involved and he visited the program officially this past weekend.

Roszell Gayden, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle from College of the Sequoias (Cali.) made a commitment to Minnesota coming out of Robbinsdale Cooper High (Minn.).

Now he has too many offers to even list.

"I can't name them all," Gayden informed. "Cal, Miami (FL), Oklahoma offered me today, Minnesota, Oregon, Arizona State, Memphis, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, there are some more in there."

"As soon as I got to junior college everyone just started showing interest. Everyone just started taking interest and you know it just went from there. You know one school takes interest and then another one and then another one."

Gayden is happy to have all of the extra recruiting attention and opportunities to play for a major program, but admitted that the JuCo way of life is vastly different from the D1 life.

"It's a blessing, but I mean its tough, its tough," relayed the giant offensive tackle. "I was just with the guys at OU and I was telling them I got to pay my own rent. I got to do all of this and I got to feed myself, buy my own books, and all that."

The Sooners are the latest school to throw their hat in the ring for the Scout.com four-star offensive tackle, and they made a very quick push to get in the mix to land his signature.

"About two weeks ago I got in to contact with Coach (David) White (OU Assistant Recruiting Coordinator) and I said I would love to take a visit to Oklahoma. About a week later we got it done.

"It was kind of out of nowhere. I don't think I could have passed up that opportunity to take that visit."

Gayden was definitely impressed by the prestige and tradition of the OU football program.

"When I went there, there is just a lot of greatness in Norman, you know what I'm saying," asked Gayden as he tried to sum up his feelings?

"Hanging out with Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham, Sam Bradford, the fans and everybody waiting outside before the game on Friday night… It was just a great atmosphere, you know what I'm saying?"

The highlight of the trip was probably the face-to-face time with OU's Bob Stoops, who is one of the most successful NCAA coaches.

"He was a good guy – all about business," Gayden acknowledged. "He is all about making his program, you know, he ain't telling no lies. I am going to have to come in there and make it happen, ain't nothing going to be giving to me and it is going to be hard and it is going to be tough. But that's how they win and that's how they keep winning."

Gayden seems to not have any of his future official visits set in stone – or at least any that he is ready to report at this point in time.

"I really can't say, because I don't want to put nothing out there, because there is not anything set in stone right now," Gayden began. "Cause OU was kind of out of the blue. No one would have thought that two weeks ago. So, I don't want to put something out there and have people think I am going there (on an official visit) for sure."

"I do want to take a few more visits, but Oklahoma offered me, Coach Stoops offered me, but he also told me that it is coming down to the end. Scholarship wise they are getting kind of low."

"I understand all of that."

When it comes down to it Gayden is just looking for the right fit and a spot where he can come in and take his game to the next level.

"I just want to make sure it is perfect for me."

Last season, Gayden's standout play has made him a preseason JUCO All-American candidate for 2009.

He should be a candidate to graduate in December and will have three years to play two wherever he signs.


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