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Spartans set the pace for Roback

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Following a breakout sophomore season and an exhaustive summer camp tour, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's class of 2013 quarterback Brogan Roback picked up his first scholarship offers of the process from two MAC programs. But it is a Big Ten school that has had the most communication with Roback thus far.
"Michigan State is the most interested school right now," Roback said. "Kentucky showed me the most interest at first and I thought that would be my first big-time offer, but Michigan State has been on me more than the schools that have offered me. They've had me up there twice for a visit and I worked out at their camp twice. They said they liked what they saw and they just want to see my first two or three games."
The interest from the Spartans is being reciprocated by Roback, who came away with good vibes following recent trips to East Lansing.
"It was my favorite [campus] so far out of all of them," Roback said. "I just like their campus, their coaching staff and how they run things."
Roback also attended camps at Kentucky, Toledo, Bowling Green, Purdue, Arkansas and Cincinnati. Toledo and Bowling Green extended offers to the 6-4, 185-pound signal caller following his camp appearances at those schools.
A travel-heavy summer schedule will lead into what Roback expects to be a busy fall of visiting college campuses for Saturday games.
"I think I am going to watch Michigan-Notre Dame, which is a night game," Roback said. "I want to see one of Kentucky's first games. They are a big-time basketball school, so I want to see what their football atmosphere is like.
"I will definitely go to Toledo games because they are right down the street, and Bowling Green as well. Michigan State, I would definitely like to go to a couple of those games and see how it is there."
Roback is coming off a sophomore season in which he threw for 2,100 yards and 26 touchdowns leading St. John's to an 11-2 finish. This off-season he has seen improvements in his arm strength, accuracy and pocket awareness, and is anticipating an uptick in performance during his junior campaign.
"Team-wise, I want us to go farther than we did last year," Roback said. "Then, hopefully we will get a chance to play for state and finish breaking the rest of the records at my school."
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