LB Matt Rolin enrolls early with Gators

Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin had an interesting recruitment as he was committed to South Carolina for months — a place that his family all loved.

But in December, the 6-foot-4, 209-pound Rolin switched his commitment to Florida and he will now enroll in Gainesville on Monday.

Right after he switched his commitment, Rolin had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and he has been rehabbing that ever since.

“I’ll be in class on Monday at Florida,” Rolin said. “I actually got here on Saturday after the Under Armour game. But I’m looking forward to getting my knee better and getting on the field as soon as possible.”

With his surgery happening in December and the normal rehab taking six months, Rolin could be ready by July and he believes that will be the case.

“I think I’ll be ready for fall camp,” Rolin said. “I’m going to continue working hard in rehab and get back as soon as I can.”

While Rolin is still rehabbing, he is still thinking about how he will fit into Will Muschamp’s defense at Florida when he is healthy.

“I feel like I’ll fit into the defense perfectly,” Rolin said. “I think I’ll grow into an outside linebacker once I get into the weight room and start working out with coach (Jeff) Dillman.”

Rolin will wear No. 9 at Florida and will room with defensive end Joey Ivie who will also early enroll.

During his senior season that was cut short, Rolin had 43 tackles and one sack for his state champion Briar Woods team.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.