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Super 30: McAlester has a predator in linebacker Devin Rolan

Linebacker racked up 113 tackles a year ago.
by Scott Wright Published: July 14, 2012

McALESTER — People use some powerful words to describe the play of McAlester linebacker Devin Rolan.

Words like physical, aggressive, violent.

Rolan plays football like a predator — the Apex Predator, according to his Twitter handle.

“My assistant coach started calling me that. He says it's because I eat people,” Rolan said with a laugh.

At 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Rolan is a force at the point of contact, and a danger to ball carriers, racking up 113 tackles a year ago. He's No. 8 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the top football recruits in the state.

“Anything in the middle, be ready, because he's gonna bring the hat,” McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said. “He's violent when he arrives.”

It's a quality that Rolan has always built his game around, and now it's paying dividends.

“I've always been very intense,” he said. “You've got to be that way to see the field.

“College coaches saw how physical I was, and I think that really helped me in recruiting.”

Tulsa was the first college on board, offering during his junior season. Indiana offered as well, and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were showing interest. But Rolan felt comfortable at Tulsa, and committed in early June.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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No. 8: Devin Rolan

School: McAlester

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 230 pounds

Position: Linebacker

Committed to: Tulsa on June 6

The Oklahoman's Super 30

Every day through July 22, The Oklahoman's high school sports staff will bring you a feature story on one of the state's top football prospects, counting down from No. 30 to No. 1 on our Super 30 recruiting rankings. Sunday's featured player is No. 8, McAlester linebacker Devin Rolan.

See Sports Monday for No. 7 on the list, a Class 6A defensive back whose stock has been rising fast since last season, when he recorded 84 tackles and seven interceptions.

Here are the players we've written about so far:

No. 30: Trevan Smith, Edmond Santa Fe

No. 29: Chris Hall, Tulsa Union

No. 28: Caleb Holland, Carl Albert

No. 27: Cory Irwins, Mustang

No. 26: Diquon Woodhouse, Altus

No. 25: James Caligone, Tulsa Washington

No. 24: Jordan Evans, Norman North

No. 23: Cameron Wrenn, Broken Arrow

No. 22: Kerwin Thomas, Wagoner

No. 21: Trey'Vonne Barr'e, Jenks

No. 20: Blake Mejia, Tulsa Union

No. 19: Frankie Davis, Broken Arrow

No. 18: Devanta Johnson, Tulsa East Central

No. 17: Corey Lawrence, Del City

No. 16: Cre Moore, Broken Arrow

No. 15: Heath Newland, Edmond North

No. 14: Carlos Freeman, Midwest City

No. 13: Ben Oberste, Sallisaw

No. 12: Dominique Alexander, Tulsa Washington

No. 11: Jordan Smallwood, Jenks

No. 10: Kimmie Carson, Tulsa East Central

No. 9: Darius Graham, Lawton MacArthur


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