"I could not ask for a better senior season," stated the well spoken Rolando Melancon. "I am closing in on a 100 tackles, and I have a bunch of fumble recoveries (7), forced fumbles (8), sacks (5), interceptions (3), and I even returned one of them for a 54 yard TD."
Melancon entered the season as the
the 2005 District 9 (3A) MVP and was a preseason All-Times Picayune selection
at defensive tackle but feels like he has taken his game to another level.
am just more active this year. I am moving well to the ball. I am chasing down
QB's way down the field, and I am a better side line to side line player. My motor
never stops going."
It is that motor and physical skills that has
colleges from across the nation knocking on Rolando's door.
over 45 D1 offers, but my top schools are Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ole Miss,
and definitely LSU."
Melancon took an official visit to Tennessee
earlier this month and had an enjoyable experience.
"It went real
well. They are nice people. Very friendly people. They showed a lot of interest
in me. As soon as I walked in the recruiting office, they had their whole staff
in there and welcomed me in for my official visit. I got along with their defensive
line coach (Brooks) really well. And Coach Trooper (Taylor) is a trip. They are
a real close knit program. They are all real close."
Where will Rolando
"I have one set up to Ole Miss for December 1st and Arkansas
for December 8th, but hopefully I will still be in the playoffs during those visits.
The championship game is December 8th, so if we are still playing, I will schedule
them as soon as the season is over.."
Coach Orgeron for Ole Miss is
noted as one of the top recruiters in the country and this has caught Melancon's
""The thing about Ole Miss is that I can play immediately.
Coach Orgeron, that is who I talk to a lot. The intensity and passion for the
game he has; I can relate to. He also coached my idol, Warren Sapp. That stands
out. Recently, he recruited Matt Lienart and Reggie Bush, so you know he is going
to get top talent in there at Ole Miss. The energy they have over there really
stands out to me though."
The Hogs have had a magical run this season
and Rolando likes the direction Arkansas' program is headed.
in the near future they are going to win a national championship with Darren McPhadden
and Mitch Mustain. I just think the opportunity to win a national championship
is high if I go to Arkansas. I want to be a part of that, and Coach Campbell said
I could help them out early."
Michigan was the early leader for Rolando's
services and they are still very high on his list.
"They are still
up there. Coach Jackson says they do not want me, they need me. That's big right
there. They have a chance to compete for national championships every year. I
like that about them."
Nebraska has been on Rolando's list from day
one and nothing has changed.
"They are still up there too. Coach Blake
is recruiting me. He told me he still works out Jason Taylor (Miami Dolphins)
and that is pretty impressive. I have not talked to Nebraska in a long time because
my phone is off, but they are still up there."
The home state Tigers
have several factors going for them.
"They compare me to some of their
greats like Claude Wrotten and Marcus Spears and some of those guys. They are
going to give me a high opportunity for me to play a big role for them. They said
they do not want me to leave the state. They want to keep the core players in
the state like me and Stefoin Francois, Joe McKnight, Will Blackwell, Luther Davis,
Rishaw Johnson, Chad Jones, and Drake Nevis together. They said if they can keep
us all in state, they can win some national championships."
Rolando's favorites faced off against each other Saturday when the Tigers faced
the Rebels. What were his observations from the game?
"I did not get
a chance to see the Ole Miss/LSU game because I had a game the night before. I
heard LSU stole one from them though. That kind of surprised me that Ole Miss
was that good because they are so young. I know they have been getting a lot of
good players from around here like Drake (Nevis), Rishaw (Johnson) and Alex (Williams).
Ole Miss is on the rise, and LSU is going to continue being LSU. They are two
really good programs."
Melancon has two coaches that he has really
been drawn to.
"Coaches Orgeron (Ole Miss) and Taylor (Tennessee).
They have so much energy over there. They are like little kids. They are always
hollering on the phone and getting me all fired up. They are my kind of coaches."
it comes decision time; what will be the main factors?
"I am mainly
looking at the rosters. I want to see how many guys they rotate in. Playing time
is the main factor for me. The environment will be important too, but it will
mainly be the playing time. Where I get a chance to play early and compete; that's
where I want to go."
Rolando claims a 2.25 GPA / 17 ACT.
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