With over 20 major FBS offers in the fold, Eagles Landing Christian Academy’s (McDonogh, GA) Isaac Rochell has become one of the most highly sought after 2013 class prospects in the country. Defensive end, defensive tackle, outside linebacker, tight end, offensive tackle…Rochell has heard it all in terms of where he could potentially play on the next level. Defensive end is the position the 6’4″, 240-pound rising junior is being recruited to play by Virginia Tech, where he attended camp on July 9.
“When I first got there I only saw the facilities, but once I had the chance to drive around and look at the campus I thought it was really nice,” Rochell said of his first experience in Blacksburg. “I really like the d-line coach. Coach Beamer seems nice. I really like VT.”
In addition to Tech, Rochell participated in camps at Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. He was in Tallahassee for Florida State’s camp but did not participate. Of these programs, only Alabama has yet to offer, though Rochell believes Nick Saban and company will come through.
No matter where he suited up, Rochell felt he performed well throughout the summer.
“I think I did pretty good,” he said. “For the most part, the competition was pretty much the same. Especially at the one-day camps. A lot of the time, you see the same people. From camp to camp, some offensive linemen are better than others, but everybody is solid.”
Rochell did not disclose any favorites, saying his list “changes daily.” In an interview in June, ELCA head coach Jonathan Gess named Alabama, Clemson and Virginia Tech as the likely top schools at this point. Back in June, Coach Gess believed that Alabama particularly had made a strong impression on his talented defensive lineman.
Of course Alabama has a nice campus and nice facilities, but I really liked the coaching staff. That’s what stood out,” Rochell said when asked about the Tide.
By the time his senior season rolls around, Rochell wants to know where he will attend college.
“My goal is to commit before next summer, so I can relax and enjoy my senior year,” Rochell said.
Rochell comes from an athletic family. His father played college basketball for...
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