The biggest recruit in Lincolnton High football history will play his college football in the sport’s largest venue.
In a gym packed with classmates, educators, family and friends, four-star-rated Wolves defensive end Darian Roseboro committed to play for the University of Michigan during a pep rally at the school on Friday.
Roseboro said it was the Wolverines’ coaching staff, his ability to play right away, and the fact he’ll play his home games in a stadium that holds nearly 110,000 fans as reasons he chose Michigan over N.C. State, North Carolina, Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee.
“We loved Michigan,” he said.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound pass rusher made two visits to Ann Arbor, Michigan, he said. Roseboro said after receiving nearly three dozen official scholarship offers from some of the biggest and most prominent Division I programs in the country his race really came down to two schools –– Michigan and N.C. State.
Roseboro, who said he called Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke to tell him of his decision Friday morning, said the fact his family was willing to travel to whichever school he chose factored heavily into his decision.
“It was really hard between N.C. State and Michigan. They both have great coaching staffs, and State’s close to home, but my parents are going to travel wherever I go. That’s what really separated Michigan from N.C. State,” he said.
Lincolnton’s band played the school fight song, and its students cheered on the Wolves before they traveled to Belmont South Point on Friday, a game in which they won 14-13 thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Roseboro, who also made the game-saving tackle on a two-point conversion.
Roseboro may be leaving Lincolnton for big-time college football, but he said he wanted to thank his school and town for their support by making them a part of his commitment.
“It’s something I always wanted to do. I wanted to do it in front of my home crowd, and people I grew up with and have been with me every step of the way,” Roseboro said. “I thought it would be really cool for my school and to show appreciation for my school and the people from Lincolnton.”
Now that Roseboro’s recruitment is officially over, he can focus 100 percent on winning as a high school senior.
“I’m glad it’s over. I don’t have to worry about this (anymore),” he said. “I know where I’m going. … Now I can just focus on my high school team.”