Roberts Meets the New Staff

One of the many talented in-state juniors invited to Wisconsin on Saturday, Rice Lake (Wis.) linebacker Austin Roberts was impressed with his first opportunity to meet the new coaching staff.

MADISON - Junior day seemed to be a success for Rice Lake (Wis.) junior linebacker Austin Roberts, who thinks he would fit in well with Wisconsin.

"I really like the people in Madison, I feel kind of at home there," Roberts told Badger Nation. "Football wise, I love everything about the program that they're doing there. Academically and on the field they're being the best and I love that, that's what I like to do in high school."

Roberts has already received offers from Central Michigan, Harvard, North Dakota and Yale. The Badgers are certainly interested in the 6-3, 230-pound linebacker, who was impressed with the facilities he got to see.

"It was great. I had an awesome time today," Roberts said. "We got a quick look at the facilities, we watched them practice, met the coaches. Everything was awesome. I've been dying to see the new weight room they have in there. It's almost finished and it's really nice."

After watching a little bit of spring practice, Roberts met with defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Dave Aranda.

"I was kind of nervous about all these new guys coming in, but I liked all of them," Roberts said. "I like what Coach Anderson is trying to do with the program, his core values and his playing to win. They're all great people."

Roberts was impressed with the intensity he saw at practice. While he has also played tight end, Roberts wants to stay on the defensive side of the ball.

"They have a mike linebacker, but Coach Aranda was also showing us how they have a defensive end hybrid linebacker, so I'd be the defensive end hybrid or mike backer depending on how everything works out," Roberts said.

Roberts recorded 262 tackles, eight sacks, and 10 forced fumbles in the last two years at linebacker since becoming a starter during his sophomore year.

Next on his list is Iowa State for their junior day.

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