It's 'neck and neck' for Del Roberts

3-star prospect Del Roberts told Inside theVille on Thursday that he's down to two schools.

Cardinal fans were first introduced to Del Roberts in May of last year when I spoke with Tallahassee Godby High School head coach Shelton Crews.

At that time, Crews had the following to say about Roberts.

"He's probably the best prospect we have this year. He's very fast, very coachable and a really good kid."

The recruiting scouts at TheInsiders.com agreed and rate Roberts as the 68th wide receiver prospect in the nation.

Roberts, who is fully eligible and sports 4.4 speed, was expected to make his official visit to Louisville this weekend, but instead will visit North Carolina.

Despite the change in his schedule, Roberts told ITV that the Cardinals are currently battling a tight race with North Carolina.

"Right now it's neck and neck between Louisville and North Carolina," Roberts said.

The change in his schedule puts Roberts on his official visit to North Carolina this weekend and while the Tarheels have appeared to be the leaders for his services, it seems now that the Cardinals have evened the odds.

One possible reason for Roberts becoming increasingly more interested in Louisville is that the Cardinals coaching staff is also recruiting a fellow teammate and friend of Roberts in Ellis Gaulden.

"Ellis and I are real close," explained Roberts. "We've talked about playing together in college and we hope to play at the same place. It always helps to know someone when you get there."

While Roberts is visiting North Carolina this weekend, Gaulden will making his official trip to Louisville.

If Gaulden, who also considering Iowa State and Connecticut, commits to Louisville during his visit, would that improve Louisville's chances of receiving a commitment from Roberts?

"It would help," replied Roberts.

The Bobby Petrino offense has also made a positive impression on the 5'8, 170-pound receiver.

"I know that I could have a chance to see if I could play right away [at Louisville]," Roberts explained. "I feel like that they have an offense that I believe I could fit into."

Louisville's success with smaller receivers such as Deion Branch and Arnold Jackson has also made Roberts interest spike.

"The fact that Deion Branch came from there and he's a small receiver like me is important too," continued Roberts, who could draw comparisons to recent Cardinal receivers Branch, Jackson and Zek Parker.

As a senior at Godby High School, Roberts pulled in 69 receptions for 1,052 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was also a dangerous kick returner, returning one punt for a touchdown and recorded two kickoff returns for a touchdown during his high school career. His 69 receptions is the most in Godby's history, as is his career numbers of 117 catches, 1,799 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns.

Following his senior campaign, he was named First Team All-Big Bend and Big Bend Offensive Player of the Year.

EDITORIAL: Should Ellis Gaulden commit to the Cardinals this weekend and Roberts leave Chapel Hill without commiting to the Tar Heels, Roberts will commit to Bobby Petrino during his visit on the weekend of January 16th.


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