Opelika DB Talks Auburn Jr. Day Visit

Opelika junior Stephen Roberts talks about his visit to Auburn on junior day and what he likes about the Tigers.

Opelika, Ala.—Already with offers from Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky and getting strong interest from programs such as Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and others, Opelika defensive back Stephen Roberts was on the Auburn campus Saturday for a Junior Day on the Plains. Getting to meet with Coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn staff, Roberts says he enjoyed getting to learn more about what the Tigers are all about.

"I really enjoyed it," Roberts says. "It was a great junior day. I went back and saw a lot of things behind the scenes. It was really great. I liked going into the film room with the corners and seeing the new defense. They kind of run similar to what we run with the 4-2-5 and they said they are going to be aggressive and physical. That's what I liked about it."

Playing cornerback for the Bulldogs, Roberts was one of the keys to Opelika's run to the Class 6A title game last season. Aggressive and physical outside, Roberts says the opportunity to talk with Coach Melvin Smith and listen to his thoughts on the game were big for him on his visit.

"Coach (Smith) said he was going to be pretty hard on us because he wants us to be the best," Roberts says. "I think he's really going to work you. That's what I like about him. He made a big impression on me because he had a corner win the Thorpe Award. That kind of made a big impression and makes you want to come work with him."

Getting his first offer from Alabama, Roberts says both the Crimson Tide and Tigers are very much in the mix right now, but he doesn't have any favorites as he heads into spring practice for Coach Brian Blackmon.

"It's kind of still balanced," Roberts says. "I like the education at both places. At Alabama I like the conditioning coach. At Auburn I like how they've got a new team and a system similar to what we run at Opelika."


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