October 25, 2011

Roback talks about Spartan visit

One of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2013 is Brogan Roback of St. John's High School in Toledo, Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound signal-caller was in East Lansing last Saturday for the big game against the Wisconsin Badgers. SpartanMag.com caught up with him and got the latest.

Roback has visited Michigan State several times already, but this was his first opportunity to take in the Spartan game day experience as a high-level recruit. We asked him what he thought about the game itself and the campus environment.

"The atmosphere was everything and even more than I expected," he said. "The fans were loud and going crazy 40 minutes before game time. The game itself will easily go down as one of the greatest college football games ever in my opinion. Michigan State's offense was on fire at first but then the defense stepped up and the ending was unbelievable."

As a potential recruit for the class of 2013, Roback was able to see the facilities and be down on the field prior to the game. We asked him about being on the field and talking with the Spartan staff.

"I went out in the middle of the field and talked to Coach Tressel who recruits our area," Roback said. "Coach Tressel was at our school the week before so I talked to him shortly. Afterwards I talked to Coach Warner the quarterback coach for a while and he said he has heard that I have been having a great season and that they are going watch my half season highlight. He said to stick with them and that they want me back up soon and to come up to a basketball game as well."

Being on the field prior to the game, Roback was able to interact with many of the other top recruits on campus swell as some of the committed players for the class of 2012. Every class of 2012 commitment was on hand for the win over the Badgers. We asked him if he was able to speak with any of the players who have already decided to become a Spartan

Yes, I was able to tale with quarterback Tyler O'Connor who is committed the year above me," Roback stated. "He basically just told me why he chose Michigan state and just to be patient and pick the right place."

Roback fully understands that if he is going to play for a championship level BCS program he is going to have to compete with players ahead of him as well as behind him. The most important thing he said is going to a school that you feel comfortable with the coaching staff, the players and the entire college environment.

Michigan State rarely offers quarterbacks this early in the process. Coach Dantonio likes to have them on campus multiple times before he extends a scholarship. Recent commitments like O'Connor and Conner Cook were on campus 4 or 5 times before they were extend a scholarship during the spring of their junior year. Roback looks to be on a similar progression as far as building rapport with the staff and eventually earning a scholarship. We asked him about the possibility of receive a Michigan state offer.

"If they offered it would be great," he said "I would have a lot to think about. It is Big 10 school which is a great conference."

Roback has visited several other schools and he did indicate that he will likely be traveling out to Madison to check out the Badgers later in November. Like the Spartans, the Badgers have also signed a quality quarterback for the class of 2012 in Bart Houston of California. Top programs sign top quarterback every year and it is no surprise that the Spartan and Badgers both like Roback for 2013.

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