Michigan has added a vital piece to the puzzle this afternoon via a commitment from 2015 Defensive End Darian Roseboro. Roseboro, who committed to the Wolverines in front of family and friends at his high school gym, becomes the first true pass rusher in Michigan’s 2015 recruiting class.
Stats and Rankings:
High School: Lincolnton (Lincolnton, North Carolina)
Position: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle
24/7 Rating: 4 Stars, #6 SDE, #157 overall
ESPN Rating: 4 Stars, #20 DT, #165 overall
Rivals Rating: 4 Stars, #6 DT, #42 overall
Scout Rating: 4 Stars, #14 DT, #151 overall
Other Offers: North Carolina State, North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee
2013 Stats: 125 Tackles, 21 TFL, 11 Sacks
2012 Stats: 107 Tackles, 30 TFL, 8 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles, 4 Fumble Recoveries
2011 Stats: 107 Tackles, 12 TFL, 7 Sacks
Darian is a force on the defensive line. He consistently gets through the offensive line and causes disruption in the backfield. Although he doesn’t have “take your breath away” speed for a lineman, he does have a good enough burst to get past his blockers. He does an excellent job using his upper body to gain leverage on his blocker, making it easier for him to shed blocks. Weighing in at 285, Roseboro looks the part of a college defensive lineman already. If Darian is to gain more weight, he may be better suited to play on the interior of the defensive line.
Watching the Vine video’s that ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton has posted on his Twitter account, it’s easy to see that Darian is true beast on the field. Even in practice, Roseboro easily gets around his blocks and does an excellent job of wrapping up his tackles and bringing the offensive player to the ground.
#ESPN300 DL @DarianRoseboro having his way in "Oklahoma drill" in first day of full pads. 6-3.5, 285. Annou... https://t.co/mEGrHuaCZZ
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) August 7, 2014
Although Darian is listed as a defensive tackle on most recruiting websites, Michigan has been recruiting him as a defensive end. The Lincolnton product is a very intriguing prospect. During his high school career, Darian has seen playing time at defensive end, defensive tackle, and even running back. Although it’s unlikely he will see playing time at running back in college, it goes to show how versatile this young man is. Even though Darian is a highly touted DE/DT, he is a very raw prospect. Seeing playing time at multiple positions throughout his high school career, Darian doesn’t necessarily use the proper techniques that defensive lineman should use. Being 6’4 and 285 pounds, Darian is able to get past his blockers using his raw power. I fully expect him to gain more technique throughout his senior season when he will be used as a full-time defensive end.
Darian’s senior season of high school football got underway last Friday against North Lincoln. Darian recorded 21 tackles (4 TFL) and a sack in the loss.
Darian becomes the 11th prospect in Michigan’s 2015 recruiting class joining; Tyree Kinnel, Alex Malzone, Darrin Kirkland Jr, Brian Cole, Jon Runyan Jr., Mike Weber, Chris Clark, Andrew David, Grant Newsome, and Garrett Taylor.