RECRUITING: Tyller Roberts wants to stay in state

Edgewater defensive back Tyller Roberts is excited about future opportunities. As the 6-1, 190-pound safety attempts to map out his collegiate future, he is steadfast in his resolve that it will happen within The Sunshine State.

"I'm open and I'm looking forward to staying in the state of Florida" he said. "My favorites at this time are Florida, NC State, USF, and UCF. Not in any particular order"

Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, defensive backs coach Chuck Heater, and recruiting coordinator Mike Locksley all got a bird's eye view of Roberts, when Edgewater played Miami Killian for the Class 6A state championship in Gainesville last weekend. The Eagles lost to Killian, 28-7, marking the third consecutive loss for Edgewater in the FHSAA Finals.

"It was a tough loss, but old wounds heal, you know," he said. "We were confident defending the pass, so we crept up to stop the run, but it just didn't work out. We just didn't execute at all."

Despite the loss, the Florida staff was seemingly impressed enough to check in on him.

"Coach Strong and Coach Heater came and sat down and talked to me earlier this week," he said. "They said that I have a good chance to play there. It's a good school. A good tradition. A great academic school.

"I'll visit on the 22nd of January. They'll talk to me about a scholarship when I get there. Coach Meyer called (prior to the state finals) and just told me that he's waiting on my scores to get in and he'll tell me a little more about Florida."

North Carolina State head coach Chuck Amato is still trying to pique Roberts interest in the Wolfpack, but seemingly understands the All-State selection's desire to remain close to home.

"Coach Amato told me to keep working hard and everything will work out," said Roberts. "I haven't set up a visit date with them. I set a visit with USF today. I'll go there on the 28th of January and to UCF on January 8."

One of the most refreshing things about Roberts was when I asked him about his season. Tyller Roberts didn't know his stats or really seem to care. He continued talking about the season as if they had left something on the table. He spoke only of team goals.

"My best games were against Boone and Dr. Phillips," he said. "Last year we lost to Boone and being seniors, we wanted to step it up. We really just wanted to take it to them because they're our rivals. Dr. Phillips was more of a trash talking game, more of a psyched up game. But, when we got on the field, we felt like we couldn't be beat.".

One team that decisively beat the Eagles was Daytona Beach Mainland. The game was made even more difficult because of the suspension of the Eagles starting quarterback a couple of days before the Friday night battle.

"They (Mainland) were great competitors," he said. "Those guys brought their A game You can't take anything away from those guys. We have a lot of respect for those guys, and I think they have a lot of respect for us. But, we just didn't give them a lot of competition. Hopefully, we can give them some competition at the next level."

Roberts said that he considers his quickness to be his best attribute. He'll work on improving his speed as he prepares to run track for the Eagles.

"I'll run the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay teams," he said. "I didn't get a chance to run last year because I was injured"

I focused on Roberts several plays last weekend. He is pretty quick, but I would say that his best attribute is his determination. The Edgewater defensive coordinator moved him up into basically a 4-4. Roberts came up to make several plays inside the tackles. He ran pretty well laterally, too, when the Cougars tried to run wide. Unfortunately, there weren't many good opportunities to evaluate his pass defense skills. It appears that come February 2, you won't have to travel far to see him in action.

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