March 22, 2012

Rochell has options



When coaches see a 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame with excellent athleticism and a knowledge of the game, their has been peaked to say the least.

There are so many different places that prospect can be used at the next level. He could be a tight end or defensive end and if he gets bigger, he could end up at defensive tackle or on the offensive line.

No one knows of the endless possibilities like Eagle's Landing defensive lineman Isaac Rochell.

Rochell started his career for the Eagles as primarily an offensive tackle, but has since made a name for himself at defensive end.

According to the Rivals100 prospect, he has no problem playing on either side of the ball at the next level.

"I like both and believe I am pretty good at both," said Rochell. "I think I may be better at offensive tackle to be honest. I mean, I wouldn't say better, but it comes easier to me and is more natural. I love playing defense and that is what I prefer, but I am open to being an offensive lineman at the next level. My brother is an offensive tackle and my dad is a big guy, and if he would have played football, he would probably have been an offensive tackle. If I put on 30 to 40 pounds, I'm sure that is where I'm going to end up."

Rochell plays on both sides of the ball for Eagles Landing at this point, and most schools are recruiting him to play defense.

A couple of schools, however, are quite fond of the notion to use the four star athlete on offense.

"Florida is a school that has really talked about me playing offensive line," he said. "They need offensive lineman and offensive tackles, so I know they are interested in me playing there. South Carolina is another school that wants me on the offensive line, and like I said, I am open to it."

As is the case for most Rivals100 players, Rochell's recruitment is full speed ahead before the end of his junior year.

He has taken visits to Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, and Clemson, but don't ask this Peach State star to single out one particular school or visit as being better than the rest.

"I really enjoyed them all," he said. "Each campus was really fun and the junior days were nice. They were all just really good visits."

Two programs that haven't received a visit from Rochell at this point in 2012 are Georgia and Alabama, despite the fact that he has expressed interest in both schools.

According to the blue chip lineman, it has nothing to do with a lack of interest in either school.

"I like Georgia and Alabama, but I have seen both schools before and decided to go see other schools first," he said. "Alabama hasn't been in contact much lately, and I'm not sure what the reason is for that. I plan on getting up to Georgia pretty soon though."

Living in the state of Georgia is a huge reason why the Bulldogs are a team that is in contention for Rochell's signature.

"When you live in the state of Georgia, its hard not to like Georgia," said Rochell. "There are Georgia fans everywhere and UGA stuff everywhere. I have former teammates that don't play at Georgia but go there for school, and I've seen Georgia a lot already."

Although Rochell admits that he could grow into an offensive tackle at the next level, he also knows that he could grow into a defensive lineman that 3-4 teams like Georgia, Alabama, and Georgia Tech covet to stuff the run as a defensive end.

"I know Georgia and Alabama would want me at defensive end if I got up to around 300 pounds," said Rochell. "They have already spoken with me about that possibility. I think Georgia Tech would too."

With summer on the horizon, many rising seniors are getting ready to make a decision before their final year of high school.

As for Rochell, he is in no hurry at all.

"I'm just going to take my time," he said. "I'm not going to rush it."


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