Roberts '100 percent 'Bama'

Tide commitment Stephen Roberts has been a well-traveled recruit early in the 2013 season, but Saturday was the first time he was able to watch Alabama play at home this fall and he liked what he saw.

Several Alabama commitments were in town for the Crimson Tide's home opener against Colorado State on Saturday evening, but there was a different buzz about Stephen Roberts because of his visit plans prior to his first Bryan-Denney experience of the fall.

The four-star cornerback prospect from Opelika (Ala.) High took in several games at local program Auburn earlier this fall, in which he traveled with close friend and AU commitment Jakell Mitchell.

Attending the Crimson Tide's game with teammate and class of 2015 defensive tackle prospect Jared Gentry, Roberts was pleased with the experience.

"It was great, they played good," he said of UA's 31-6 win over the Rams. "The fan base was great.

"We're staying the night."

In between attention from Alabama fans who recognized him as a commitment -- which he said "felt great" -- the 6-foot, 185-pounder had his eyes on a player who may not be on campus too long after this season.

"I was watching HaHa (Clinton Dix)," he said.

Before the game, Roberts got the chance to speak with a pair of coaches who both play a big part in his recruitment and could have plenty to do with his future should he ink Crimson in Feburary.

"Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Kirby] Smart spoke to me," he said. "They tell me they want me and stuff, and that the need some cornerbacks.

"I can get playing time next year."

Despite reports, the senior maintains he was solid to Alabama as a commitment even before stepping foot in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

"Yea, I'm 100 percent 'Bama," he said. "Gotta be committed fully."

Scout.com's No. 29 cornerback prospect nationally in the class of 2014 reported the same news to Saban and Smart in person.

"Yes I did, they're ready for me," Roberts said.


BamaMag Top Stories