Saintly Hit Machine

Shiloh Christian has always been known for its high-powered offense, but junior middle linebacker Mitchell Roberts (6-3, 220, 4.7) is arguably one of the best defensive prospects in the state.

He's a Saint, but a hitter.

Whether he's bringing it from fullback or middle linebacker, Shiloh Christian junior Mitchell Roberts (6-3, 220, 4.7) looks and talks the part.

"I just love contact," Roberts said. "I like being physical. That's one of the reasons I am not that into 7-on-7 because you don't get to hit anybody, but it does get our team ready for the season and we are still young so it is a good thing for us."

Shiloh, one of just 12 programs nationally chosen by Under Armour for sponsorship, is one of 32 teams that will be involved this weekend in the McDonald's Select 7-on-7 tournament on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

"I think 7-on-7 has really helped us out this summer with the level of competition, letting our receivers really get their routes down and our defense really get solid in coverage," Roberts said. "We've been a lot better at it this year than last year, I can tell you that."

Roberts, who had 92 tackles last season as a sophomore, will stand out on defense because of his size and tenacity for the ball.

"Mitchell is a big, strong kid," Shiloh head coach Josh Floyd. "He's probably lost 5 or 10 pounds since last year because he has toned up a little bit more. He has got a big future ahead. He plays some receiver for us, some fullback and really gets with it at middle linebacker.

"He's probably going to be a mike linebacker in college," Floyd added. "He is a truly physical young man. When he tackles somebody, they are going to know about it."

Shiloh has always been known for its offense, but Roberts thinks this year's defense will set the tone.

"I think our defense is very underrated," Roberts said. "Our offense is great, we score a lot of points. But I think the last couple of years – if I am not mistaken - we have averaged right at 14 points a game or so and that's been overlooked. Our defense is very good and I think is going to set the tone."

Schools like Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama and Tulsa have all shown early interest.

"My dad recently talked to Coach Bobby Allen from Arkansas and they say they are interested," Roberts said. "I like them (the Razorbacks) a lot. (Arkansas head) Coach (Bobby) Petrino looks like he is very good and Coach Allen is very, very intense."

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