Darius Roper Talks Southern Miss interest

Darius Roper of ASA in New York talks about his interest in Southern Miss with GoldenEaglePride.com.

Darius Roper is a versatile defender who is seeing his stock continue to rise and is one to watch out of the JuCo ranks in the class of 2016.

The talented defensive lineman from ASA in NY has moved around a lot and can play any position along the line.  His weight has actually fluctuated depending upon where the coaches have asked him to play.  

"Last year when I first got to ASA I was at 230 and playing some three technique and even some linebacker," he told GoldenEaglePride.com.

"This year I gained a lot of weight and was up to 280 because they moved me inside.  I've played some DT and DE, and they like to move me around too along the line."

"Our season is going well we are 6-2, but I feel like we should be 8-0 but that didn't happen.  We still have a chance to go to a bowl game and that's been our goal from the start of the season.  This season I have battled injuries, they weren't big injuries but they have slowed me down some."

The Golden Eagles of Southern Miss offered Roper back in the spring.  He told us the story of how it came about..

"Southern Miss came in the spring to watch our team practice," he said.

"I was in a circle with a guy who had committed to Alabama, and I pinned him to the ground.  After that play, they came over and started talking to me.  Coach came to me and said they like my size and what I'm doing out here.  He said they were going to take my film back to Southern Miss and tell the other coaches about me.

"They liked what they saw and called me back and gave me the good news.  I was excited because they were my first offer."

For now, there are still several schools interested that haven't offered yet.

"I'm also hearing from Northern Illinois, Utah State, Purdue, and Albany came over to watch me practice today," he said.

"I'm open to any program and would go anywhere.  I'm happy about any school that would want me."

Southern Miss is the only school to offer so far, but he feels like a few more may come.  He'll take his visits and see where he stands after that.  

"Education is first and foremost," he said.

"When I first got to school I struggled a little bit and they didn't provide a lot of help for me.  I want to take advantage of any school that will help me academically and help me be successful in life.  I want to help improve a program and am willing to do whatever a school asks of me."

Roper plans on taking a visit after his season in December.  He'll graduate in December and enroll at his final college stop in January.


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