Darian Roseboro is one of the most talented defensive line prospects in the class of 2015. "Rosy" as he is affectionately called by his head coach, the four-star defensive end from Lincolnton, North Carolina recently pulled his commitment from the University of Michigan after a much publicized decision. I caught up with Darian to find out if this puts NC State back in the hunt for his services in 2015.
When I asked Roseboro why he made the decision to leave Michigan, his answer wasn't totally surprising, given the cloudy future of head coach Brady Hoke.
"I like the coaching staff there (Michigan), but without knowing the future, I feel like I have to do what's best for me and my family."
Having spoken to Roseboro and his father in August, it appeared that NC State was the favorite to get his pledge. Location was a huge factor at that time, and the Wolfpack have made a huge effort to keep the best prospects in state. Darian acknowledged this, telling us the Wolfpack impressed him during his official visit against Florida State.
When asked what position he will play at the next level, there was no hesitation, as Roseboro was emphatic in telling Backing the Pack "I'll be playing defensive end." Knowing Roseboro is sought-after by over 40 schools, I asked if he had been asked about playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, to which he replied "Yeah, Coach Saban at Alabama and I talked about that."
While Roseboro didn't tell us where he expects to be in 2015, he does plan on early enrollment at the school of his choice, which means he will have to make a choice by mid-November. Given his ties to the NC State program with cousin C.J. Wilson, it's going to be hard for anyone to sneak in and steal Roseboro from the Pack.
Keep it here for an update on Roseboro and my full interview later this week.