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Monday, December 10, 2012
Rolin decides he's better fit at SEC rival

By Dave Hooker

Sure, there was emotion involved, but Matt Rolin's decision to commit to Florida was more about business.

The ESPN 150 linebacker originally committed to South Carolina in May. Yet he never felt completely comfortable with the Gamecocks' defense, which utilizes only two true linebackers.

"I've always been a little concerned, but I guess it just kept growing on me as the days went on," the nation's No. 76 prospect said of the 4-2-5 scheme.

The decision wasn't an easy one for Rolin. His parents both attended South Carolina and his grandparents live in Columbia. At one point, Rolin was so set on South Carolina that he was helping them recruit. Still, the concerns about that defense lingered.

Therefore, Rolin decided to take a closer look at Florida. There was plenty to like.

The Gators are headed up by a defensive coach, Will Muschamp. They finished the season 11-1 and will play in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville. Their recruiting class is ranked No. 1 in the nation with 25 commitments, which includes one five-star prospect and 18 four-star prospects. That all soaked in when Rolin visited the school.

"Loved the coaching staff, loved everything about the school," said Rolin, who will be a midterm enrollee. "Campus was awesome. Facilities were great. I really like how coach Muschamp is a defensive guy. I love the defense they run. They run a 3-4 and a little 4-3. I believe next year we're going to compete for a national championship."

Rolin's inclusion can only help. He is being recruited to Florida by linebackers coach D.J. Durkin. Rolin said he won't take any more visits. Before decommitting from South Carolina, he was the Gamecocks' highest-rated commitment.