March 11, 2012

Rolin ready for his tour

Spring Break Tour 2012 is about to get underway for Ashburn, Va. linebacker Matt Rolin.

Beginning on April 1, Rolin and his mother will hop in the family car and head south, first to Columbia, S.C., then southwest to Athens, then over to Tuscaloosa and down to Tallahassee before returning home to start to figure out which route he eventually wants to go.

Of the four schools he plans to see, only the Bulldogs and Seminoles have already offered the 6-foot-3 1/2, 210-pounder, although he hopes the other two will soon.

"It's been picking up here lately. Last week, I got five offers - Maryland, Georgia, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Penn State; those are some big ones for me, I'm excited about all of those," Rolin said Sunday evening in a telephone interview with UGASports. "It's really getting busy."

Rolin isn't kidding.

Last week's five offers brings his total to 16, a list that also includes Michigan, Washington and Virginia Tech, where his brother Scott just wrapped up his freshman season with the Hokies.

Having a brother who went through the recruiting process has definitely been a help when it comes to his own situation.

"I definitely watched him. He definitely motivated me, because I wanted to get offers like him," said Rolin, who recently spent two days visiting Tennessee. "Because of him I kind of know what to expect when I go out to visit these schools."

The best advice he's received?

"He told me not to let any coaches pressure you into committing, and just make sure I find a school where I want to stay for four years, even if I wasn't going there to play football," he said. "That's what I'm going to try to do."

Although the Hokies are a team he's considering, Rolin said, it wouldn't be wise to assume Virginia Tech has any sort of recruiting advantage.

"I don't know, it might be a thing where I want to make my own way," Rolin said. "It's a possibility, but I'm going to make my own decision and go where I feel more comfortable."

In the meantime, he's looking forward to checking out the afore mentioned schools come April, including Georgia, a school he's watched on TV for years.

"I just want to find a place that feels like home to me," Rolin said. "I want to check out the campus, make sure it's nice and it's a place that fits me and with the coaching staffs, I want to see if they' re telling me lies or being honest with me. That will help me make my decision."

A versatile player, Rolin said schools are recruiting him to play both the outside and inside linebacker positions.

"My strength is athletic ability, the way I hit and the way I can cover people," he said. "I need to work on my speed and quickness but I think with the fact I can play both spots, I'm hoping that will help me out in the future."

Rolin said he hopes to cut his final list of schools to 10 sometime in April.

"After that, I will plan some more visits," said Rolin, who hopes to be up to 220 pounds by the start of his senior campaign. "Hopefully, by the end of the summer I'll have some sort of decision."