Thinking back to conversations with Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff when they talked about getting their edge back in the program and winning championships, Robert says that spoke volumes to him about the future on the Plains.
On campus for the wins over both Georgia and Alabama, Roberts said at the time it only reinforced his decision to choose Auburn for his home. Now that the Tigers are SEC Champions and headed for the BCS National Championship Game the talented cornerback says things can't get much better than they are right now for him.
"It just means a lot to me," Roberts tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I know I made a great choice and I know they came from a rebuilding team. Just to see them rebuild and be as great as they are right now shows me a lot."
This week Roberts is one of five Auburn commitments playing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Montgomery. Joining him are linebacker Tre Williams from St. Paul's, defensive lineman Justin Thornton and running backs Racean Thomas and Kamryn Pettway. On a defense loaded with top prospects, Roberts notes that being just a small part of that this week has been special for him.
"It's outstanding to know that you've got guys out there to help your, you're not by yourself," Roberts says. "It's just a great honor getting a chance to play with all these guys.
"Tre is a hitter," he adds. "He's got great speed. Ronnie (Clark) and Shaun (Hamilton) can both hit, too. Just to play with those guys and a guy like Marlon Humphrey means a lot. We've got a lot to prove Saturday."
In addition to the committed players, five-star Rashaan Evans is also one of the guys making noise on the Team Alabama defense this week. Playing defensive end and outside linebacker, Evans is one of the most explosive prospects in the country in the 2014 class. A local player from Auburn High and a rival of Evans in high school, Evans is getting a strong push from the Auburn guys in practice this week.
"We've been recruiting him, but he keeps telling me he doesn't know where he's going," Roberts says. "We'll wait and see. He's still looking around, but he said he's definitely got Auburn in his heart."
Rated as a cornerback on Scout.com, but also capable of playing safety, Roberts spent the second half of his senior season at Opelika playing quarterback because of an injury to the Bulldogs' starter. Now back on defense full-time, he says that he is shaking off the rust this week and is looking forward to showing what he can do on Saturday.
"Early in the week I had to kind of get back in the mode of playing cornerback," Roberts says. "I'm not saying there is anything wrong with playing quarterback, but I would rather play corner than anything."
Winners of five in a row and 13 of the last 15 games in the series, Team Alabama is focused on getting another win when the game kicks off on Saturday at noon in the Cramton Bowl. Growing up dreaming of one day playing in this game, Roberts says he's pumped about his opportunity this week.
"It's an honor and a pleasure just getting to represent our state in this game," the Opelika High senior says. "We have been working hard all week and now it's time to see what we're going to do on Saturday."