Roberts names leader after Louisville visit

Talented 6'5, 240-pound Cleveland (OH) Benedictine tight end Mike Roberts named a leader in his recruitment following a weekend visit with Charlie Strong's Louisville program.

Mike Roberts, a talented 6'5, 240-pound tight end from Ohio, drove down to Louisville from Cleveland this weekend to make an unofficial visit with Charlie Strong's program.

"The reason I went down there is because they're at the top of my list," Roberts told "They're definitely in rebuilding year and I think it's a possibility I can play (early) and turn the program around. Me going down there definitely put their at the top of my list because I love the city – it's college oriented, and the team means so much to the city, which is something I was looking for."

Roberts, who traveled to Louisville with a friend, spent Saturday touring around the city and learning more about Strong's program.

"I think it's a great place," Roberts said. "Even if they didn't have a football team I definitely think I would go there because of the atmosphere of the city of Louisville.

"I got to tour Louisville, see the dorm rooms and I went down on Fourth Street and just walked around. I stayed Saturday night (in Louisville) and I also got to walk on the field that they play on."

Roberts also spent time with a few of the Louisville players.

"I talked to a couple players and I went to one of the players rooms just to see the new rooms," said Roberts. "It was very impressive. One of the players told me Louisville is the place to be."

The highlight of Roberts' trip, though, was a long conversation with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, who told the tight end he's at the top of the Cardinals recruiting board.

"I sat down and talked to Coach Strong for about 30 minutes," said Roberts. "He told me I should be comfortable wherever I go and he told me his door is never closed. He told me they were very interested in me and that I was at the top of their board. He told me he's not going anywhere and that he's going to eventually win the Big East at Louisville."

Besides an offer from Louisville, Roberts holds offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, UConn, Bowling Green, Ohio and Kent State. While Louisville leads for Roberts, the two-star prospect plans to visit other schools before making his decision after his football season concludes.

"Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Ohio, Kansas --Those are the schools that talk to me the most," Roberts said. "I definitely want to see those schools because I feel obligated. I have offers from those schools, and UConn."

Roberts said he plans to make an official visit with Strong's program. He also plans to unofficially visit Louisville next month when the Cardinals host Syracuse. Roberts has no other visits scheduled.

"I'll be back down there on the 29th for their game," Roberts said.

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