A versatile player in helping lead the his team to the state title game, Stephen Roberts created some buzz in the 6A playoffs. It all seemed to pay off once the defending national champs extended a scholarship offer out to the 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back.
"It kind of shocked me for a minute, because I was just going up for a visit," said Roberts. "Then they offered me, I was surprised."
"Alabama's my first offer."
Projected to play cornerback at the next level by the Tide's coaching staff, the realization of that possibility was a big deal for Roberts.
"I love Alabama, I've been wanting to go there since I was a kid," he admitted. "Most of Nick Saban's corners go to the pros, too."
Surrounding the offer at the event was the process of getting acclimated to campus more.
"They showed us around, I met most of the coaches on defense," Roberts shared. "They showed us the weight room, new facilities, about nutrition and everything. They showed a lot of love."
One coach most prospects haven't been able to meet and speak with on that defensive staff is new secondary coach Greg Brown, but the new offeree was able to on Saturday.
"He's really cool, he said he's going to teach us how to be lock-down corners," he said. "They showed a lot of love. All the coaches talk to you as a son, they make you want to consider Alabama."
Everything about the school and the football scheme fits Roberts' skill-set, according to his strengths.
"I like to play hard, I like to jam on the line and play lock-down," he said. "I'm very physical and aggressive."
Said Roberts, "Alabama, they're number one. I want to learn how to play that lock-down in man (coverage) and Nick Saban plays man most of the time. He likes physical corners."