4-Star DB Helping Recruit For The Tigers

Opelika High football star Stephen Roberts discusses recruiting and his plans for the spring and fall.

Opelika, Ala.--Under Armour All-American Stephen Roberts has been doing his part to help bolster the Auburn football signing class he plans to become a part of on Wednesday.

The Opelika High standout returned to the Auburn University campus last weekend to help with the recruiting effort a week after he spent time with Gus Malzahn and the AU coaching staff on his own official visit.

"I came over to hang out with Rashaan (Rashaan Evans)," Roberts says. "It went good. He was happy to see me and we had a lot of fun."

Even though Evans was a standout at Auburn High, which is Opelika High's main rival, he notes the two are good friends. "We have been playing against each other since the sixth or seventh grade," the defensive back says.

Evans, who is rated as the top prospect in the state by Scout.com, is expected to announce his college choice on national signing day after narrowing his list to Auburn, Alabama and UCLA.

With a winter storm canceling school this week for Roberts he has some down time, but is expected to be back in action on the basketball court Friday night where he plays shooting guard for the Bulldogs.

In the spring he competes for Opelika's track team, which has been one of the top powers in Class 6A in recent seasons. He predicts that will be the case again this spring.

"I am planning on running the 100 meters, the 200 and 400," he says.

A former Opelika track and football star, running back Corey Grant, served as player host for Roberts on his official visit to Auburn earlier this month. Marcus Davis, a freshman wide receiver, was his other player host.

"I enjoyed the visit," Roberts says. "It was a great experience. It was good to speak with the guys and just mess around and hang out and stuff. We just had fun."

Roberts, who originally committed to Alabama, notes that he is glad that he will be playing his SEC football for the Tigers. "I feel great about my decision," he says. "I feel like I am at home because I have always been an Auburn fan."

Stephen Roberts filled in at quarterback as a senior late in the season after his team's starter was injured.

The four-star prospect notes that Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who recruits Opelika High for Malzahn's staff, has been a good recruiter. "He did a very good job and he didn't give up on me when I committed to Bama," Roberts points out. "They still recruited me. I still kind of had a heart for Auburn."

Currently 6-0, 185 pounds Roberts, who played defensive back and quarterback as a senior, says he expects to get his first look at Auburn as a free safety. "I am looking to add weight and I am trying to get to 200."

Asked if he has a goal for his freshman season, "I want to step out and play early," he says. "That is basically it."

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