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Briar Woods LB Matt Rolin adds offers from Florida State, Baylor, U-Conn., Duke

The first clip on Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin ’s highlight tape features the 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior hurdling an unsuspecting center, landing on his feet and blocking an extra point.

Matt Rolin (9) — shown during the 2010 state final — was a defensive force for the Falcons this season. (Tracy A Woodward/WASHINGTON POST)

“That’s definitely my favorite highlight,” Rolin said. “I think it really shows my athletic ability.”

That athletic ability has piqued the interest of top college coaches across the country. Last week he received a pair of offers from Baylor and Connecticut, and on Monday he got a call from Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher, who made his pitch. With another offer from Duke coming on Tuesday, Rolin now has 11 offers in all — including Virginia Tech, Michigan, Virginia and Tennessee.

“I’m having fun with it, but it’s been very hectic,” Rolin said. “I come home from school and I’m on the phone for an hour or two every day.”

With several Seminoles linebackers set to graduate in the spring of 2013, Fisher told Rolin he sees him fitting into the team’s aggressive defensive scheme. Rolin said he plans to visit Florida State in April.

Meantime, Rolin’s older brother, Scott — a 2010 second-team All-Met defensive back who red-shirted at Virginia Tech last season — is continuing his campaign to lure his brother to Blacksburg.

“He definitely wants me to come there, and it would be a lot of fun to play with him again,” Rolin said. “But I just want to find a place that feels like home to me, and a place where I see myself being able to play and be successful.”

The two-time Virginia AA Division 4 state champion is in no hurry to make his decision, either. If he is selected to an all-American game, Rolin said he would wait to announce his choice then. Otherwise, he’ll likely decide during the 2012 season.


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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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