December 30, 2011

Rochell has versatility

ATLANTA - The 2012 class is an extremely important class for Georgia at the outside linebacker position.

The Bulldogs are in the hunt for players like Jordan Jenkins, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Tyriq McCord, and Kenderius Whitehead.

The 2013 class, however, will hold is own when it comes to talented pass rushers, and one of the top pass rusher in the Peach State for 2013 is Eagle's Landing defensive end/outside linebacker Isaac Rochell.

The star junior is approaching 30 offers at this point, and has received so many in the last few months that he can't name them off the top of his head.

"Its tough to name them really. I have offers from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Clemson, and schools like that," said Rochell.

Rochell hasn't set up a top group yet, but he admits that some schools stand out more than others.

"I haven't set up a top five or a top 10 or anything," he said. "There are definitely some schools that I think about more than others though. I have schools I like more than others."

Although Rochell was hesitant to mention any of those top schools, he did reveal that one school, in particular, does stand out.

"Living in Georgia, you know how it is, everywhere you go there are Georgia stickers all over the cars and Georgia everywhere," said Rochell. "So it is definitely a situation where people are pushing me to go there. Obviously, its not far away from my home, so that's a big factor."

It is still early in the game for Rochell, but it says a lot about the star pass rusher's talent that the Bulldogs have decided to pursue him with so many coaches during his junior year.

"I mainly talk to Coach (Bryan) McClendon and Coach (Rodney) Garner," said Rochell. "I also talk a lot with the defensive coordinator (Todd Grantham) when I'm on campus, too. Coach McClendon recruits my area and Coach Garner is talking with me because of me playing on the defensive line and stuff."

At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, schools that run a 3-4 defensive scheme are recruiting Rochell as an outside linebacker, and schools that run a 4-3 scheme are recruiting him to play defensive end, the Bulldogs are looking at him in both positions.

"They are recruiting me as an outside linebacker mostly," he said. "But when they saw my dad, who is pretty big, they thought I might grow into a defensive end which is like a defensive tackle in their system. I really don't care where I play because it is all about how my body develops. If I stay close to 250 pounds, I want to play outside linebacker, but if I get up to 280 or 290, I'll probably move to defensive end. So it is all based on that."

Although Rochell was nearly unblockable as a junior, he knows that going up against the top juniors in the state at the Rising Seniors Bowl is only going to make him better.

"This week definitely gives me a standard to say this is where I am and this is where they are," he said. "So that is always good. Obviously when you are a big time recruit, you want to go against big time players, so its just natural."

The recruiting process for Rochell is bound to be extremely active and possibly even stressful, so the Peach State junior has plans to end it in time to focus on his senior year.

"I definitely want to commit before my senior year," said Rochell. "My brother committed before his senior year and I want to do that too so I can just relax and enjoy my senior year."

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