Tigers Move to the Top of Roberson's List

One of the most impressive performers at Auburn's one-day football prospects camp talks about the Tigers and recruiting.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--St. Thomas Aquinas is known for turning out excellent football prospects and one of the current members of the team left a strong impression on the coaching staff during his visit to Auburn's camp for prospects on Saturday.

Marcus Roberson, a rising senior, picked up a scholarship offer from the Tigers and left town impressed with Coach Gene Chizik and his football program.

One of the most dynamic players at Auburn's Senior Camp on Saturday, he frustrated receiver after receiver who tried to find a way to get open against his tight, in-your-face man to man coverage.

"The coaches told me I did a good job and things like that," says Roberson, who notes that he now has a scholarship offer from the Tigers to go with ones from Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Illinois, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Purdue, Wisconsin and others.

Chizik, a former defensive backs coach, spent a lot of time talking to the prospect on his first visit to the AU campus, Roberson notes. "He let me know how I did and he welcomed me to the program and things like that."

Commenting on Chizik, Roberson says, "I talked to him longer than any coach. He is cool. He is a nice guy. I don't have to put on an act or anything with him."

Roberson, who measured in at 6-1, 178 pounds on Saturday, says that Auburn is now his favorite after spending two days on campus and getting the offer.

"I was blown out with the place," says the defensive back, who made the trip to Auburn with his coach and uncle, Otis Mounds, a former Auburn star safety in the 1990s. "Auburn is nice. I didn't expect it to be that nice."

Roberson says Mounds hasn't pushed him toward Auburn. "He just told me he went to college there," the rising senior says.

Marcus Roberson is shown in pass coverage.

A prospect with plenty of offers, he says that Auburn and Florida are at the top of his list and that is a good place to be in July because Roberson says he should be ready to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

"They are at the top of my list," Roberson says of Auburn. "The people and the feeling I had when I came there--it was good. I came up Friday and I got to hang out with the players."

He notes that after spending time with the players, he says that it looks like Auburn would be a good fit for him. Commenting on what he is looking for, Roberson says, "A place where I?don't mind waking up every morning and I really do want to be there. The people. I want to go to a place to keep my head on track. I want to go to a place where I won't be distracted."

Commenting on his impressive performance at the camp, Roberson says, "There was a lot of competition out there and I looked at it as another day to get better."

Rated a three-star safety by Scout.com, Roberson says that Auburn is recruiting him as a corner and he believes that is his best position because of his man-to-man coverage skills. A player with a best time of 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, he says that isn't the major factor for being a good coverage corner. "That doesn't matter,"?he says. "Technique breaks everything down.

St. Thomas Aquinas is a perennial power in Florida high school football. Look for more of the same in 2010, Roberson says. Asked if he believes his team is going to be the state champion, he replies, "We have got a good chance. We are more passionate and competitive. We just have to build a chemistry and get back up there."

By the time he plays the first game of his senior year, if he follows his plan, he will be finished with recruiting. "I am going to make my decision before the season starts," he says. "I might make it soon."

Although he has visited a variety of college campuses, he hasn't been on the camp circuit this year. "I haven't camped all summer, I have just been visiting,"?he points out.. "The Auburn camp is the first one I really camped at. I didn't have an offer from Auburn."

Now that he has that offer from the Tigers, he says that he won't attend any more camps this summer and may be ready to chose his college soon.

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