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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

Rolan wants to improve his agility and become a better sideline-to-sideline player. He has worked hard this summer to improve that part of his game, knowing it will help him at the college level, and help the Buffs this fall.

Rolan has high expectations for McAlester, and is looking forward to his final season in black and gold. Having grown up watching Buffs football all his life, he takes pride in being part of the team.

“Growing up, you just wanted to get to play on that field,” he said. “That's one of the things I think about on game nights — being little and watching other kids play here. I was nervous for my first game, but now, it's really exciting.”

And Rolan is the poster boy for what Pratt wants McAlester football to be.

“Devin is the type of kid we like to represent us,” Pratt said. “He works hard. There are no discipline issues. He's a polite, well-mannered kid.

“But when the lights come on every Friday night, he's a different cat.”

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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