Roberts talks revenge, recruiting teammate

Things have been going well for Stephen Roberts. He's picked up an offer and committed to the University of Alabama, performed well at various camps of late and now has a spring game victory under his belt. The latter came on Tuesday, the same day his good friend and teammate picked up an offer from the Crimson Tide.

The last time the Opelika (Ala.) Bulldogs were seen on the football field before Tuesday, there was good and bad news. The good was that it was the class 6A state title game, but the bad was that it was against Hoover (Ala.) and the Bulldogs were left wondering what happened during a 31-0 loss at nearby Jordan-Hare Stadium.

But even before their run to the state title game, Opelika got the season off to a tough start by falling in the spring game to Eufaula (Ala.).

So the first order of business for the 2013 Bulldogs was to avenge the loss, and they did so with a convincing 47-7 win in which the starters got some well-earned time to rest at the end of the game.

Among them was rising senior cornerback and recent Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts, who did his part both in the title run as a junior and in the spring game Tuesday.

"It felt great to get back on the field again," he said. "I was happy to get revenge, they weren't ready for us this time."

Coming off of a 57-tackle, four-interception 2012 season, Roberts picked up where he left off on Tuesday with a diving interception.

"I was playing man coverage and he (the quarterback) thought I wasn't going to jam the wide receiver," he explained. "I did, and he wasn't open and the QB tried the throw it out of bounds and I robbed it before it hit the ground.

"I dove for it."

The play, the win and the rest all rounded out as a good night for Roberts and company, and it came shortly after he learned that fellow class of 2014 standout Jakell Mitchell received an offer from Alabama.

"He got the offer yesterday," he said of the projected tight end. "I'm trying to get him on board.

"We were talking before the game."

The two, who often travel together for visits and events on weekends and in the offseason, have spoken about playing together at the next level for some time.

"All the time," Roberts corrected. "I don't know what he's thinking, but he has all the skills. He's fast and big, can catch and you can count on him."

While the recruitment of one Bulldog to the other is likely to continue throughout the summer and into the fall, Roberts is already thinking about his future in Tuscaloosa.

"Committed life is good," he said with a laugh. "I can't wait to leave.

"But I have got to worry about the season, though."

Roberts, a four-star, is currently ranked as the No. 33 cornerback prospect nationally on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com/


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