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Roark adds another elite scholarship

When talking about hot prospects on the national front, not many are hotter than Ada, Okla., offensive guard Craig Roark. Ada might not be the biggest town in Southern Oklahoma, but there is little doubting that this 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman has big-time talent and is shooting up the recruiters’ charts.
LSU has entered the fray to land Roark with a scholarship offer on Monday, and Missouri and Kansas State did a masterful job of impressing Roark on recent unofficial visits.
“The LSU offer could be big, he wants to go down there this summer and check them out,” his father, Bryan Roark, said. “Craig was impressed with Mizzou and he also really liked K-State.”
Craig Roark also really liked Missouri, though, and didn’t mince his words on where they stand on his list.
“To be honest, Missouri is my favorite that I’ve been to so far, by far,” Roark said. “I really thought the facilities were awesome. The facilities and the coaches were great.”
The K-State visit made an impression on his father.
“Coach Snyder was a surprise to me,” Bryan Roark said. “He was not what I expected. He was very personable and spoke with Craig for about 30 minutes and didn’t ask him one thing about football. He really seems to respect his players and they for sure respect him.”
With offers on the table from big-league teams like LSU, Nebraska, Arizona, Baylor, SMU, Ohio State, Missouri, Kansas State and Kansas, it doesn’t sound like things are going to stop soon on the offer front.
“Florida State is evaluating him now and it sounds like they will be coming with an offer,” his father said. “It is really crazy right now, but Craig is really proving to be a mature young man. It is motivating him to work that much harder. He wants to win that 20th state championship.”
Roark will make a return visit to Oklahoma today for another session of the Sooners’ spring practices. Roark is hoping to meet again with coach Kevin Wilson, but his father still believes that an offer from the Sooners likely won’t come until June when he attends the Sooners’ camp.
“From everything Wilson has said up to this point, I feel it will be in June at camp,” Craig’s father said.