Just when you thought Sooner football recruiting in 2004 was heating up, Bob Stoops and company seem to have already set their sights on 2006.
afternoon, Myron Rolle, a rising 16-year-old sophomore at The Peddie
School, a prep school in Hightstown, N.J., told OUInsider.com in an exclusive
interview that he has received a 2006 scholarship offer from
"I'd commit right now, but my father wants me to stay wide
open," said Rolle, who also has an offer from Purdue. "I really, really, really,
really, really like Oklahoma. They're definitely my favorite.
season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder tallied 90 solo tackles, five interceptions
and blocked three field goals as a freshman. He runs a 4.49, has a 37-inch
vertical and can bench-press 185 pounds an amazing 18 times.
receiving interest from Duke, Iowa, Florida State, Miami and
In June, Rolle made his splash on to the national scene
at OU's annual football camp, where he said Stoops called him the camp's best
On the camp's final day, Rolle said Stoops gave him and his
parents, who drove 24 hours to make the trip, a personal tour of OU, which
included a 30-minute meeting in the head coach's office.
Rolle said Stoops let him try on all the championship rings from his stints at
Iowa, Florida and Oklahoma.
"It was amazing," said Rolle. "I actually got
the national championship ring stuck on my hand, so I told him, ‘Hey coach, I
think I'm gonna have to keep this one."
After that, Rolle said Coach
Stoops offered him a scholarship for 2006.
"He told me that he's never
offered a sophomore before," said Rolle. "And then he told me that he wanted to
go back to New Jersey with me."
Since then, Rolle said he and Stoops have
talked via telephone on two separate occasions.
"We talk about anything,"
said Rolle. "It doesn't even have to be football. A lot of the time, we just
talk about girls and football."
In college, Rolle said he'd like to play
free safety, but also mentioned that outside linebacker might be a possibility
as well. He said his favorite current Sooner is senior cornerback Derrick
"He's fast and basically everything I want to be right now as a
defensive back," said Rolle. "He's real smooth and fluid with his movements.
He's just a great defensive player."
Besides football, Rolle also runs
track and plays basketball, where he averaged 13.5 points and 10 rebounds. He
owns a 4.0 GPA, is class president and wants to major in neurology.
actually like working with the brain and nervous system," said Rolle. "I'd
really like to give back to the community and makes the lives of people
easier."For now, Rolle said he's planning on making a visit to Norman on
November 15 to watch OU in action vs. Baylor.
Until then, he said his OU
hat, which he purchased during his football camp visit, is drawing lots of
attention in New Jersey.
"I sport it a lot, so people are always asking
me why I'm rocking Oklahoma in New Jersey, which is Rutgers territory," said
Rolle. "I just laugh it off and tell them, ‘Boomer Sooner, baby.'"
Although signing day for Rolle is still 30 months away, he admits that
Norman is constantly on his mind.
"I'm 90 to 95 percent sure that by the
time I'm ready to sign, it'll be Oklahoma," said Rolle. "I just can't wait for
Myron Rolle update
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