Rolin ready for return visit

Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.) four-star LB Matt Rolin has had South Carolina on top for some time thanks to his family connections to the school. Look inside as Rolin discusses his unofficial visit to Columbia this weekend, and goes in-depth about what he likes about the Gamecocks.

As well as South Carolina has recruited on defense in recent classes, linebacker may be the one position that hasn't been quite up to par.

That position has been left as one of the biggest needs for the 2013 class and Briar Woods HS (Ashburn, Va.) Matt Rolin is just the type prospect the Gamecocks are hoping to add to their program.

Rolin has had South Carolina as a public leader for some time now and the four-star prospect will take his first trip to campus this weekend since visiting for a junior day in late March.

"I'm heading down Thursday and I'm going to get (to Columbia) around midnight," Rolin says. "Friday morning around 11 is when I start my visit there. I'm meeting up with Coach Elliott. Then Saturday I'm going to my grandparent's house to hang out."

Family is a common theme with Rolin, who will be accompanied on the trip by his mother, father, brother and sister.

Both of his parents went to South Carolina, his grandfather played defensive back for the Gamecocks and he much of his family still lives in the Palmetto State.

"I feel a family connection there," he says of South Carolina. "I really have a good relationship with Coach Elliott. I just really like the campus and I think I fit in well with the scheme they have there."

Rolin was offered as both a tight end and linebacker by the Gamecocks, but is probably most needed on the defensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder describes himself as long and versatile. How does he see himself fitting into the Gamecocks' 4-2-5 scheme?

"First off, it would be good to play behind one of the best defensive lines in the nation -- Clowney, they have some really good defensive linemen. That would be a big part of the defense they play in."

Rolin, who was recently invited to The Opening combine in Oregon, has felt the love from the Gamecocks' staff, but also likes the fact they haven't pressured him.

"We get along real well. We have a real good relationship," he says of Elliott, his recruiter of record. "I talk to him about everyday. Everyday we keep in touch, but he doesn't blow up my phone like the other coaches do, but he'll shoot me a message on Facebook when he needs to talk to me. We just have a real good relationship."

Rolin says he doesn't currently have any other visits planned after this weekend. Virginia Tech is his No. 2 school with Florida State No. 3, while Florida and Georgia round out his top five.

What does Rolin hope to see this weekend in Columbia?

"I'm just going there to get another feel for the place and just to make sure it's the place I want to go."

Does that mean a commitment could come this weekend? Rolin isn't showing his hand yet.

"I'm not really sure, I'd have to talk to my parents about that, but right now I'm not really sure."

If a commitment doesn't come this week, the nation's No. 13-ranked OLB hopes to have a decision made by the end of the summer.

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