Recruiting has become a regular part of life for Briar Woods (Ashburn, VA) junior Matt Rolin . No question, the recruiting process and all that comes with it (communicating with coaches, interviews, etc) can be at times overwhelming for some. Rolin, though, is enjoying the process so far, and he is in no rush to make his college choice.
“When I get home from school, I’m typically on the phone with coaches and reporters for an hour. Recruiting definitely takes up some of my time,” Rolin said with a laugh.
“I plan on taking [his college decision] to the fall, maybe after. I want to make sure I find the right place for me.”
In the past two months, Rolin has certainly gained momentum on the recruiting front. When the Falcons captured the Group AA Division 4 state championship on December 10, the 6’4″, 205-pound linebacker prospect reported Boston College as his only major FBS scholarship offer. Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, and most recently Michigan have since offered, and two more could be on the way soon.
“My coach told me Florida State and Penn State should be offering soon,” said Rolin.
Matt’s brother, Scott, accepted a recruited walk-on spot with Virginia Tech in 2011 and is now a freshman free safety for the Hokies. How much of a factor will his brother’s presence in Blacksburg be?
“It makes a pretty big impact, but I’m not going to go there just because my brother is there. I’m going to go to the best place for me,” Rolin said. “I’ve been on a visit. I went there with him when he went there. I talked to the coaches, and they are definitely one of my top schools. I’m still open to everybody, though.”
Briar Woods head coach Charlie Pierce echoed Rolin’s comments.
“I think it would be a neat thing if they were to play together. Scott, if you ask him, I know he’d say that. But Matt’s his own guy,” Pierce said. “I know the family really likes the South, but who knows? I think he’ll try and enjoy the ride as best as possible. His decision will be based on a lot of things, not just his brother or his family.”
Both in-state ACC schools are still in contention. In fact, the Briar Woods standout attended camp at UVa last year and plans to return to Charlottesville on February 18 for a junior day.
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