After failing to qualify for Minnesota as a part of its 2008 recruiting class, Roszell Gayden decided he needed a change.
So the Brooklyn Park, Minn., native moved over 2,000 miles away to Visalia, Calif., with his twin brother Rashad to attend the College of the Sequoias.
"I told myself I want to be the best offensive lineman in junior college, so I needed to go out to California to do that," Gayden said. "I felt it was a better opportunity to come here, and it's been a cool experience."
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The 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle has seven offers and is just beginning to talk to another big SEC school.
"I just started talking to Ole Miss," Gayden said. "I was happy to hear they're interested. It came as a surprise to me, I didn't know they were."
Gayden said he talks with Cal, Arizona State and Iowa State the most of the schools that have offered.
"Cal's a great school to go to, it's a great school and a great conference," he said. "Every time I talk to Arizona State, they tell me there's a lot of opportunity out there to play early, and playing in the Pac 10 would be good. But every school is equal right now, nobody's on top."
He hasn't begun thinking about his official visits, but Gayden is interesting in talking to several more schools before he starts narrowing things down.
"I'd like to hear from Florida State, USC and other schools like that," he said. "I've heard from Auburn and Tennesee, too, and Oregon has been talking to me a lot."
Though he still has a standing offer to return to Minnesota next fall, Gayden said he's keeping his options open at this point.
"I'm still in contact with them, but not as much as I used to be," he said. "This process is a lot more exciting now than it was in high school."
Gayden plans to announce his decision following his season. He initially planned to graduate in December and enroll early at the school he selects, but that might not still be the plan.
"I was hoping to, but a lot of school have told me, 'If you can't, don't worry about it,'" he said. "I'm still trying to, but it's not like it's going to be tough. I'm still working toward that."