Kansas State saw some of their top targets sign elsewhere on signing day and also had a defection from the recruiting class from Melvinson Hartfield. They didn't stop recruiting and landed defensive lineman DeAndre Roberts from Ventura College in Southern California. KStatefans.com spoke with Roberts' head coach, Steve Mooshagian, on what Wildcats fans can expect from the big 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman.
"He's a guy who was only with us for one year," said Mooshagian. "He was a transfer from the University of Nevada. He came in and ended up having a really good year for us. In high school he played defensive end and tight end but we moved him down inside. He's a gifted player. DeAndre plays with phenomenal effort from snap to whistle. I love his motor. He's a high character guy who stepped up to become one of our leaders on defense. He does everything right, loves to play the game hard, and I think his stock will continue to rise when he gets to work with Coach Latimore, Coach Hayes, and Coach Snyder over at K-State."
Roberts attended Sylmar High School in the Los Angeles area and graduated in 2010. After a brief spending a redshirt season in Reno, he decided to come back home to Southern California and enroll at Ventura. Roberts made 38 tackles, 0.5 sack, three tackles for loss, and two passes defended helping the Pirates to an undefeated regular season.
"DeAndre could have come back next year for us," Mooshagian stated, "but it was a great opportunity for him. After signing day some things happen where players get plucked by other schools and a spot becomes available. I've worked as a Division 1 recruiting coordinator and in the NFL so I know how those things can go. Kansas State did their due diligence in recruiting DeAndre. They called for film and had a series of questions for him and for me.
"Once he went out for a visit he was ready to go. He's 280 (pounds) now but I think he'll can add to his frame a get bigger easily. When he starts working out with a strength and conditioning coordinator I think he can put on between 10 to 15 more pounds without any problems. Like I said, he was just with us a short time, but he certainly made his mark."
Roberts will have two years of eligilbility remaining to make his mark at Kansas State. He was a first team All-Northern Conference of the SCFA this past season.