Roberts names three favorites

Mike Roberts, an athletic 6'6, 230-pound tight end from Cleveland, is starting to narrow his recruitment and has three leaders. Where does Louisville stand?

Mike Roberts, a 6'6, 230-pound tight end from Cleveland Benedictine, is starting to think seriously about his recruitment.

A two-star prospect, Roberts was supposed to make an unofficial visit to Louisville last weekend, but didn't make it down from Cleveland.

"I definitely want to get down for a visit," Roberts said. "Even though I've been there before and seen the campus I want to spend the night down there. I'm probably going to go after the season so I can spend more time with the staff and football team."

Roberts, who has caught 30 passes for more than 600 yards this season, maintains regular contact with Louisville coach Charlie Strong and assistant Larry Slade.

"I talk to them every week," said Roberts. "They tell me I could be a vital part of the offense as the flex tight end. They talk about me playing early."

Besides Louisville, Roberts is receiving strong interest from several Big 10, Big 12 and MAC programs.

"Louisville, Bowling Green, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska, that's who I hear from the most," Roberts said.

Three favorites - Louisville, Nebraska and Cincinnati - have emerged on Roberts' list.

"I am starting to narrow schools down," Roberts said. "Louisville is in my top three with Nebraska and Cincinnati."

While Roberts hasn't received much interest from the Bearcats, Cincinnati stands out as an in-state option for the athletic tight end.

"I don't have a lot of contact with them," said Roberts. "They don't call and every time I call they don't answer. It was always somewhere that I wanted to go. I just like the place and a recruiter just recently came to our school."

Roberts believes he could potentially play early in his career at Nebraska.

"Nebraska calls me and Facebooks me frequently," Roberts said. "I like their offensive balance. They have some freshmen that play. I would have a possibility to play also."

Next for Roberts will be setting up official visits.

"I want to take some officials but I don't have anything set up," Roberts said. "Right after football I go into basketball so I'm going to have to work my way around my basketball schedule and set up my official visits. I haven't narrowed it down to who I'm going to visit."

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