July 13, 2009

Possible Homecoming for Gayden?

Former Robbinsdale Cooper offensive tackle Roszell Gayden was all set to sign with Minnesota during Signing Day of 2008. However, academic issues forced Gayden to delay any signature and instead the 6-foot-7, 310 pounder headed out west to Visalia, California to attend the College of the Sequoias. Gayden is now set to sign in 2010 and several schools are in line to accept the signature.

Gayden has an impressive early offer list with more possibly on the way. "Right now I am sitting on seven scholarship offers and all have come from very good schools," Gayden stated. "I have offers right now from Cal, Arkansas, Iowa State, Minnesota, Memphis and Southern Miss. I am also hearing from UCLA and USC but both of them want to see me in person before they do anything."

There has been a delay lately in attention to Gayden but that expects to pick up once the college season gets underway. "A lot of schools still haven't indentified their needs for the 2010 season yet and a lot of junior college players need to be patient for them to make their decisions," he said. "They just need to see what players pan out and what happens this year and then they will know if they need any junior college offensive lineman. However, I already have great offers and I hope to be committed and at my next school in December."

Gayden is getting major interest from four solid programs. "The schools that really stay in contact with me the most are Cal, Arkansas, Iowa State and Arizona State," he indicated. "I talk with Minnesota as well but they are one of those schools that may be filling up with high school lineman. I think they already have four high school lineman committed. I know they want me to commit but I just am not ready at this point."

Minnesota was the planned destination for Gayden out of high school and the junior college offensive tackle is still interested in playing for his home state team. "There is still a chance that everything will work out with Minnesota but I am really wide open right now," Gayden stated. "I would never shut the door on Minnesota or Coach Tim Brewster. There is still a lot of love with me and Minnesota and Coach Brew. My family would love to have me come back and play close to home in the new stadium. At the same time I need to do what is best for me."

Gayden sacrificed his summer vacation to stay in the classroom. "I really want to put myself in position to transfer to my next college in time for the spring semester and for spring practice," Gayden said. "I am here taking summer classes so I can graduate in December and transfer right away. It all depends on what school I pick because all schools have different transfer requirements. I could have to wait until next summer based on my selection, but the goal is to transfer in time for spring ball."

Progress has also been made on the football field. "I feel like I am a totally different player than I was coming out of high school," he said. "I feel like I am an elite prospect and one of the best offensive tackles at the junior college level. My entire game has gotten better, my strength is much improved and my all around game is solid."

The official visit process can be tricky for junior college players. "Right now it is pretty early to talk official visits. I have a couple of schools that want visits but it is really a scheduling issue right now to find a match. I have to find a weekend when I am free and they are at home," he said. "Taking visits in junior college is not like high school, because I cannot wait until December, as I hope to be committed by then. I know for sure that I am going to take a visit to Cal."


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