Player Spotlight: Isaac Rochell

Isaac Rochell has accumulated 13 offers at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga. On a team loaded with Division 1 talent, Rochell put forth a sensational sophomore season which hasn't gone unnoticed by the coaching community.


"Things are going really good for me," said Isaac Rochell. "Since the start of spring ball, coaches have been coming by to see me. Coach (Joe) Speed from (Georgia) Tech, Coach (Bryan) McClendon from UGA, two coaches from Auburn, and Kirby Smart from Alabama have all come to watch practice. I've picked up 13 verbal offers."

Rochell, a 6-foot-5, 242-pound defensive lineman, first was offered by Boston College. He's since been offered by Tennessee, Clemson, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Indiana, Troy, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, and Mississippi State.

"After the spring game, my coach (Jonathan Gess) received a text from Tennessee saying (fellow sophomore) Keyante Green and myself had offers," Rochell said. "Since then I've talked with the defensive coordinator (Justin Wilcox). I've been to Knoxville. I got to see their basketball court when I played in a tournament up there. We got to see the football stadium which seats over 100,000. It was real cool."

The Chargers of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy went 12-1 in 2010 making it to the 3rd round of the state playoffs. Their only loss was to Clinch County the eventual state Class A champions. The team featured Avery Walls, who signed with Cal, Christian Reeves, who signed with Virginia Tech and Isaac's older brother, Matt Rochell, who signed with Air Force.

"It was the mental side of the game I most improved upon last season," Rochell said. "Like my Dad says I'll probably be bigger than most of the guys I go against so developing physically is fine, but it's developing mentally that's going to help me reach my full potential."

Rochell made 73 tackles for the Chargers, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception. He played inside and out of the defensive line and also at offensive tackle in his first full year as a starter.

"My goal as a junior is to get 20 sacks," Rochell said. "I want to lead the team in tackles. It can be done because in 1A teams tend to run a lot. I want to step up and be a team leader. Our goal is to win state. We came close last year. We lost some really good players, but we have three-four major Division 1 prospects returning, so I think we'll have a team that will contend."

Eagles Landing Christian Academy is a private school with a Southern Baptist affiliation. Rochell transferred to the school in the ninth grade from Luella High School in Locust Grove. He also plays basketball and throws the discus in track and field. Still with plenty of time to consider his options, he knows which side of the ball he'd like to play in college.

"The first thing I plan on looking at is the location," said Rochell. "Second, I want to play defensive end in college. South Carolina has offered me as an offensive tackle. I'm not going to shut them off because of that, but it's something I'm going to factor in when making my decision."

Rochell plans to spend his summer going to camps and making unofficial visits. His best time in the 40 is a 4.69 run at his high school.

Rochell says at 6-foot-5 he may still have room to grow. His father, Steve Rochell, is 6-foot-7 and played basketball at Texas-Pan American. His mother is 6-foot even. While he wore No. 78 for the Chargers last season, Rochelle says that's subject to change as a junior. He reports a GPA of 3.1.

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