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Rolle talks FSU, Florida

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Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School athlete Myron Rolle took his last two unofficial visits this past weekend to Florida State and then to Florida. The 6-foot-2, 214-pounder hit Tallahassee first to check out the 'Noles and then took the two hour drive to Gainesville to see the Gators. How did each visit go and what's next as decision time looms for the No. 3 player in the country?
"Both trips were great and we did a lot on a tight schedule." said Rolle, who went on the visit with his entire family.
First up was FSU...
"FSU was great, we tried to get a lot done in a short period of time and I think we did," he said. "Friday was the academic day where I was able to meet with med students and the Multicultural Association of Medical Students. I got to ask a lot of questions, took a look at their Biology program and we looked under the microscope as well. I learned a lot about what FSU can offer in regards to the medical field.
"Then we had lunch at the stadium and I got to talk with Antonio Cromartie. It was good because I got to ask him about what he looks for in a wide receiver and some of his coverage strategies. I learned a lot from him.
"That night, we hung out with Lorenzo Booker and he's a great guy. We had dinner in the dining hall and when I walked in they started playing 'Everybody get your roll on', which was cool. I didn't expect that at all. At dinner I hung out with Kamerion Wimbley, Ernie Sims, Antonio Cromartie, FSU's president TK Weatherall and some other people. It was nice."
Saturday was more about football....
"We started really early, around 7AM and I talked to all the defensive coaches. We talked about where they see me as a player and they like me as a Rover back. Kyler Hall is the starter there now, but after him they're not really sure who the backup will be so there's a good chance to come in and play early.
"The way the Rover plays in their defense seems like a good fit and it's challenging. They do a lot of press coverage on the slot receiver but sometimes you mimic a SAM linebacker and other times you're responsible for the deep third of the field. They said depending upon what I do best is how they would utilize me.
"I met with coach Bowden at lunch and he's a great guy, a funny guy. I talked to Buster Davis and Pat Watkins also at lunch and Buster had me laughing for over an hour. He's a really funny kid. I closed things up with a meeting with coach Steele and coach Lilly about where they see me fitting in at FSU."
With all the off-season incidents at Florida State this summer, Rolle felt assured by coach Bowden in the way he disciplines his team.
"He feels that the players are like his kids and he provides discipline to them," Rolle said. "He just does it in the way he feels is best. He told me that suspending a kid doesn't really do much because he misses practice. The players will pay for things physically on the practice field and he likes to handle things in house.
"I got to meet Ernie Sims and some others and he's a good example. He's one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet and he's very humble. The players were all nice and down-to-earth kids."
After FSU it was off to Florida for his second unofficial visit in the last couple of months.
"We figured while we were all down there and Gainesville is close, my brothers could check out Florida and get a feel for it. I got to see the players and talk to players more than the first time. My brothers took a tour of the campus while I met with coach Meyer and coach Heater, who coaches the cornerbacks.
"Florida plays a lot of press coverage and they love that I'm long and I can get a hand on and steer the wide receiver. They want me at cornerback while is where I prefer to play, but I have to go where I fit best so safety is fine as well."
Rolle met and spoke with Josh Portis, DeShawn Wynn, Brandon Siler, Demetrice Webb and others as well.
"Just to talk about how they like it there and all that," he explained. "They're a good group of guys. The main purpose of the visit was so my brothers could check it out though."
So what now?
"Now I go back to work and continue to work out and get ready for the season," he said. "I'll discuss all six schools (Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State and Michigan are the other four) and talk about the positives and negatives of each. In the next couple of weeks I'll announce my decision. I don't have a date yet or how I'm going to do it though."
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