Former Wolverine Walks On To Ohio State Football Team
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Rock, a former Michigan defensive lineman, has walked on to the Ohio State football team. Rock, who enrolled in classes in August, played high school football in Columbus at DeSales High School.
He was a member of Michigan's 2011 recruiting class, which was a patchwork of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke's recruits. Ranked a three-star prospect by Scout and Rivals, he chose Michigan over offers from Notre Dame (which was his first offer), Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin, among others. He was never offered a scholarship by the Ohio State coaching staff.
Upon committing to Michigan, Rock told GoBlueWolverine.com, "When I think about it and just think about what Michigan has to offer, really they were the only school that offered me that had the total package. It has the academic side, the athletic side, and the biggest stadium in the country. I liked the campus a lot when I visited there. I liked the teammates."
Rock, last listed at 6'5" and 267 pounds, didn't see action as a true freshman and redshirted in 2011. He left Michigan following spring practices in 2012. Per AnnArbor.com, he was not expected to factor into the Wolverines' rotation last season. He was the 13th player to leave Michigan since Hoke's hiring.
Per Ohio State, Rock gave up the sport in May of 2012, and recently asked for an opportunity to walk on with the Buckeyes.
As a junior in high school, Rock was named second-team All-Ohio after finishing with 15 sacks for a second-consecutive season. As a senior, however, he reportedly faced more double teams, leading to a season with just 14 tackles and one sack.
Rock becomes the second former Wolverine in recent history to bring his talents back to Ohio State. Justin Boren, also from the Columbus area, transferred from Michigan to Ohio State in 2008.
Rock will have three years of eligibility remaining.
|The great strength of Chris Rock at this stage of his career is he can play anything from the four to seven techniques as a defensive end. His size, strength and speed allow him to take that extra couple of steps on the outside if needed. At the same time, place him in a five and he’s strong enough to man-up on a tackle and win the battle for the edge. Chris reads plays well and shows aggressive instincts and actions. He has excellent hands and uses them well, and is active with them in performing various pass and rush defense techniques. He definitely projects well on the interior.
|GoBlueWolverine.com Scouting Report from Feb 2011
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