The suspense has been over for a couple months but that didn't lessen the excitement shown by Myron Rolle when he made his one and only official visit this past weekend to Florida State.
The five-star defensive back made the long trip from New Jersey to meet with the Seminole coaches, take in the FSU-NC State game, hang out with his future teammates and tour the campus. Since he went through a pretty extensive unofficial visit in August, there wasn't much new for him to experience except for seeing a game live.
"My overall trip was fantastic," Rolle told Warchant.com. "It was everything I expected it to be. I just wanted to go down there and hang out with the guys a little bit, talk to the coaches and meet some other recruits, and I got a chance to do that."
Rolle was hosted by friend Lorenzo Booker, who he met last summer during his unofficial visit. The two have stayed in touch ever since.
Although his trip was everything he expected, Rolle, who grew up a Seminole fan, was not happy with the upset loss to NC State. However, after looking at the film with the players and FSU coaches he felt the team played well overall.
"Every time Florida State loses I feel it," Rolle said. "It was always like that in the past and maybe that was an indication of me going to Florida State. It was hard to see it and I thought the team played really well. The day after when I was with the defensive coaches and they were breaking down film and giving the players pluses and minuses, I saw that really Florida State pretty much out-played them but had some errors in the game... It was just a few big plays here and there that caused the game to change in the other direction."
While Rolle was watching the game in the north endzone he wasn't just cheering on the 'Noles, he wanted more than anything to be in the game and make a difference. That won't happen this season, but with Kyler Hall and Pat Watkins, FSU's two starting safeties playing their last season, he will get his opportunity in 2006.
"I just pictured myself out there next year wearing number three, making plays and hitting Andre Brown for a loss," he said. "It definitely came to my mind."
In addition to hanging out with current players, he talked a little with four-star running back C.J. Spiller, who was at FSU on an unofficial visit. But most of his time was spent with Georgia athlete Carlos Brown, who was in town for an official visit.
"He's a great person and has two great parents and I got a good feel from him," Rolle said. "I know he's from Georgia and wanted a college feel when he goes to school. He was telling me how he went to Spain before and told me how Tallahassee reminded him a little bit of it - it was just a nice place where people get along with each other well, it has a good college feel and a good place to be. It is a good environment and I know he was feeling that. He was with Lorenzo and I as well and I know Lorenzo showed him a great time because he showed me a great time."
Rolle will wrap up his senior season this weekend and then high school will come to an end next month since he is scheduled to graduate in December. But before he enrolls at FSU, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound safety will take part in the January 7th U.S. Army All-American (all-star) game in San Antonio, Texas. Right after the game he will fly to Tallahassee and begin taking classes for the spring semester on January 9th.
Considering his exceptional academics, it's no surprise that Rolle was officially accepted for school on Friday. What was a surprise is that he was notified of his acceptance personally by FSU President T. K. Wetherell.