Vandy offers Alabama linebacker

Sparkman's Albert Rocker had a great day at the All-American combine in Tuscaloosa. He received his first scholarship offer Monday from the SEC.

"I received my first offer from Vanderbilt today," said Albert Rocker from Harvest, (Ala.). "Their coach called my coach this morning and said they were sending me an offer in the mail."

"It feels real good to have the first offer. It's like a weight has been lifted. I think Vanderbilt is a good school, and they have a great education. They are definitely one of the schools I am considering."

The 6-1, 200-pound linebacker feels several other schools are close to offering as well.

"I just got off the phone with a Georgia Tech coach," Rocker said. "He said he would put in a recommendation for them to offer me. I spoke to a UAB coach earlier today. He said he would offer right now if he could."

"Alabama wants me to come to their camp. Georgia has been sending me a lot of letters. Ohio State wants me to come to their camp. Auburn wants me in camp. Penn State, Nebraska, Central Michigan and Memphis have all called me this past week."

Rocker ran a 4.72 forty-yard-dash and a 4.50 shuttle run at the All-American combine. His excellent footwork and coverage skills did not disappoint as well. College coaches have logged-on early and often checking the results from the combines touring the U.S.

"I thought the combine went real good," Rocker said. "It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of new players out there that I didn't know about. I felt overall I did pretty good."

"I was impressed with Christian Smith, Rolando McClain and Darrius Jackson. There were a lot of other great players out there, but I can't remember their names."

Rocker remains wide open with his favorites and will camp at Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Ohio State and UAB.

Rocker recorded 86 tackles, 13 sacks, nine pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his junior campaign.

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