Heading into the 2007, the experts didn't expect much from the Sulphur Springs Wildcats or their unheralded QB Tyrik Rollison. Rollison who as a sophomore split time at QB with Brittan Diamond led the Wildcats to a disappointing season with a 2-8 record in 2006. Rollison and the Wildcats however rebounded in a big way in 2007 leading SSHS to a 9-2 record and a District 11-4A title. However it was Rollison's individual numbers that were eye popping as he threw for 3,691 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 554 yards and 7 more touchdowns. Those numbers earned Rollison East Texas Offensive MVP honors from TexasPrepInsider.com along with with earning Class 4A First Team All-State honors. Standing in at 6'2 185 pounds and with 4.6 speed in the forty Rollison boasts the height to stand tall in the pocket but he's elusive enough to keep plays alive with his feet.
Rollison who is also a member of the SSHS basketball and track teams, says his biggest strength is his ability to spread the ball around. "I like to get a lot of guys involved so defenses can't key on one player, accuracy and poise in the pocket are also strengths," replied the Sulphur Springs QB who says this off-season he plans on working on his speed and strength. Tyrik also has some good genes in his family as his uncle Torio Kelly is a former all-state RB at SSHS and he played his college ball at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce.
Tyrik already has things narrowed down to three schools; Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, however Rollison says at this time no one is ahead of the pack. Look for Rollison this summer in camps at the three previously mentioned schools along with possibly attending a Scout.com Combine. Rollison will also be leading the Wildcats this summer in 7 on 7 action, where he hopes to lead SSHS to the State Tournament at Texas A&M.
Rollison who plans on majoring in Kinesiology or Education lists campus atmosphere and academics as two major factors in his college choice, but don't look for any quick decisions from the highly touted signal caller out of East Texas. "I don't think I'll decide on anything until after my senior year," said Rollison. Tyrik says once basketball is over he'll be joining his teammates in off-season where the Wildcats will look to erase the memories of a heart wrenching 33-30 bi-district playoff loss to Brady Attaway and the Whitehouse Wildcats.