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Briar Woods LB Matt Rolin adds Tennessee offer

It’s been a December to remember for Briar Woods junior Matt Rolin.

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

On Monday night he notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons’ basketball team handed red-hot Loudoun Valley its first loss of the season.

And on Thursday, just in time for the holidays, Rolin received an early Christmas present in the form of his second Division I scholarship offer — this one from the University of Tennessee.

“This offer kind of came out of the blue,” Rolin said. “I hadn’t been in touch with them at all, but coach (Charlie) Pierce just called me to tell me they’d offered.

“It’s been a great month for sure.”

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound linebacker had nine tackles in the Falcons’ 28-26 victory against Christiansburg in the state final and finished the season with a team-high 90 tackles, six sacks and 16 1/2 tackles for a loss. He also had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a safety and a blocked kick.

Rolin was named to both the AA Region II and AA Dulles District first team defenses and was a key contributor for a unit that allowed only 8 points per game. During their run over the last two seasons, the Falcons are 27-3, and their defense has been the foundation for that success.

Boston College was the first school to offer Rolin in late November and he has been in contact with several ACC schools including Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State. Rolin’s brother, Scott, is red-shirting with the Hokies this fall, and the prospect of re-uniting with a player who helped lead Briar Woods to its first title in 2010, is an enticing prospect.

“It’s definitely picking up now that we won another title and coaches have some time to scout their 2013 classes before their bowl games,” Rolin said. “I know more offers are coming, and I’m hoping to get a few more from the SEC. But I’d love to get one from Virginia Tech and be able to play with my brother. That would be pretty special.”

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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