The 6' 7", 310 pound New Hope (Minn) resident, who now preps at College of Sequoias (CA), has not had as tough of a transition coming from the blistering cold to the scorching heat.
"We just got done with two a days yesterday," added Roszell Gayden.
"It was 105 degrees today, but the heat is not that big of a deal to me.
I mean, it gets hot in Minnesota too, so it is not like it is foreign to me. It
just is not this hot for this long back home in Minnesota (laugh). I like the
heat though. It makes you tougher."
The former Minnesota signee transferred to College of the Sequoias after coming
up just short on his academics. He entered the junior college level as a highly
touted recruit, but now that he thinks back on it, he had a long ways to go.
"My freshman year I was probably not that good (laugh). I had D1 talent,
but I did not know at all about how to play the offensive tackle position. Each
day I am getting better and better. I feel like I improve every month, and some
people it takes a full year to improve. We did not pass the ball at my high school,
so I did not know any techniques on pass blocking. Now I do because that is all
we do here. I have always run blocked well, but now I am more explosive, and I
am staying on my blocks longer.
The preseason All-American is hopefully that he will graduate in December so he
can get in a spring before he starts the D1 level.
"I am trying to get out in December, but I have schools telling me if that
can't be done, they will wait on me. Having said that, I am going to try my hardest
to get out in December, and I am taking all of the needed classes to meet that
Gayden holds over 20 scholarship offers. Which schools are standing out?
"I really like California's school. I really like Iowa State back in the
Midwest. Arkansas and Arizona State. I am liking all of those schools. They are
all recruiting me pretty hard, but I do not plan to make a decision anytime soon."
Has he set up his official visits yet?
"I do not have any dates set, but I am talking to three of four about getting
one set up. Everybody wants me to visit though. California, Iowa State, Arkansas,
and Arizona State have really been on me about getting a visit scheduled. I do
not know. I have a lot of tough decisions to make."
Outside of those schools; who is still in the picture?
"I have been talking to a couple of other schools like UCLA, Oregon, Utah,
Tennessee, Fresno State, Arizona, Auburn, and I actually just got off the phone
with the offensive line coach at Ole Miss. They just started recruiting me. We
have a lot players from over here who go to Ole Miss every year. They are another
school I would like to check out. Tennessee and Auburn too. Playing in the SEC
is real attractive for me."
Roszell has a twin brother, Rashad Gayden, who is a LB at College of the Sequoias.
Iowa State is trying to work that to their advantage.
"They have not offered Rashad yet, but they are recruiting him harder than
anyone else. They are getting pretty close to offering him. It is kind of a package
deal with them."
There are also a couple more positives for the Cyclones.
"It is only a three hour drive from home. I have some family who just moved
to Iowa City. It is also not too tough to get into school there with a junior
college degree. They have a good Business School too."
Arizona State's coaching staff is very attractive for Roszell.
"They play in the PAC 10 and have a real good staff. Their offensive line
coach told me he really needs me to come in and be the starter at left tackle
The locals around school are all encouraging him to attend California.
"I am in California right now so everybody wants me to go to Cal. I have
not visited the campus, but their coaches are on me real hard. They have been
to see me three or four times, and they were the first school to offer me. They
have a great academic reputation and a need for a starting left tackle. Their
left tackle is graduating this year."
Arkansas is also another SEC school which is attractive.
"They are telling me it is the best conference to get exposed so you can
get into the NFL. They are trying to upgrade their OL. That is what they tell
me on the phone. They also have great tradition."
When it does come decision time; what will be the main factors?
"I want to go to a school where I can be challenged, academically. I want
their degree to mean something, and football, I just want a chance to play on
the field next year."