The South Carolina recruit accepted his game jersey for the contest during the Falcons’ homecoming pep rally.

Rolin is the only local player in the game, which will be held on Jan. 4 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Full roster can be found here.)

Five area players have been chosen for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio: defensive back Kendall Fuller (Good Counsel), defensive end Jonathan Allen (Stone Bridge), quarterback Ryan Burns (Stone Bridge), linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (Good Counsel) and linebacker E.J. Levenberry (Hylton). (Full roster can be found here.)

Rolin (6-4, 210) missed three weeks this season after spraining his ankle, but despite playing in only three games, he is fourth on the team in total tackles (18) and leads the No. 10 Falcons (6-0) in tackles for loss (7).

Rolin orally committed to South Carolina in May but said Friday that a number of major programs continue to court him.

“Florida is coming after me pretty hard,” Rolin told ESPN RecruitingNation’s Dave Hooker during Friday’s presentation. “Florida State is coming after me pretty hard. I’d say Tennessee is about the only other one. I’d say those three schools. Florida is coming after me the hardest.”

But Rolin said he has told every suitor that he remains “committed to Carolina and that I’m a solid commit.”

The two-time defending Virginia AA Division 4 state champions carry their area-best 20-game winning streak into Friday’s game against Woodgrove (5-1).

Rolin joins Stanford freshman wide receiver and 2011 All-Met Alex Carter as the second Briar Woods player to be selected for a postseason All-American game in as many years. Carter played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last January.


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