Saturday, July 21, 2012
2014 S Rockwell takes a different approach
By Sam Khan Jr.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - While many up-and-coming Division I prospects spend their summers going to camps or taking unofficial visits to places to get a better feel for the recruiting process, 2014 safety T'kevian Rockwell (Wylie, Texas/Wylie) has taken a different approach.
The 6-1 Rockwell hasn't been to any camps this summer, but instead has been working out on his own.
"My dad wanted me not to be like a prima donna," Rockwell said. "He wanted me to focus more so on what I'm doing so I can be good and then next year, coaches will respond more to me on what I'm doing and what I've done in the past."
During the offseason he has been spending time in the weight room and has his weight up to 193 pounds. Though there are times where he wouldn't mind going out to those camps and competing, something he said he will do next summer before his senior season.
While he has had the itch to hit camps, his focus hasn't stopped colleges from showing interest in him. Rockwell possesses three offers currently from Baylor, Michigan and Nebraska. He said he hasn't heard much from other schools but that he would be interested to hear from a few Southeastern Conference programs.
"I really want to hear from Alabama or LSU, some bigger programs," Rockwell said. "But we'll see how that goes."
As for the three offers he has: "It means I'm working hard and my work is being noticed."
Rockwell, who is competing with his Wylie teammates at the Texas Division I state 7-on-7 championships this weekend, isn't looking for additional attention or accolades either. He's trying to stay focused on getting better to help the Pirates this fall and to prove his worth to schools at the next level.
"I haven't really been getting on the Internet so much," Rockwell said. "I've been trying not to let it go to my head. I'm just trying to stay humble and focused on getting better now."