Nick Roberts is a 2017 cornerback prospect who committed to the Hurricanes earlier this week.
What to Like: Roberts is a playmaker. He is a very good cover guy and has excellent ball skills. He finished his sophomore season with 63 total tackles and seven interceptions. He has a nose for the football and has the instincts to always be in good position. When the ball's in the air, his ball skills take over and he's tough to throw on. He plays at a very good program in the Jacksonville area, one that Miami is starting to build a pipeline at. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, he has solid length and should end up being another cornerback who is over 6-feet. Factor in his ball skills and instincts and you're talking about a very quality cornerback prospect.
What may concern you: Despite the ball skills and instincts, he's not the fastest kid around. His straight ahead speed is considered above average and so he's not an ideal matchup against opposing receivers who possess elite speed. He needs to continue working on his back pedal too, something that doesn't come as natural to him as some other players at his position and at his age.
Bottom Line: Miami continues building their pipeline into the Jacksonville area. Darrion Owens came here two years ago. Kendrick Norton came in the 2015 class. Shaq Quarterman, a teammate of Roberts', is a four-star linebacker committed to Miami's 2016 class, as is linebacker Michael Pinckney. Roberts becomes Miami's 9th commitment in the 2017 class. He had offers from schools like South Carolina, Maryland, Cincinnati, and South Florida so he was being recruited like a solid three-star prospect. Florida State and Florida were looking but hadn't been going hard after him, which could help the Canes keep him committed into the future. He's one of the top defensive prospects in the 2017 class in the Jacksonville area so it's another encouraging commitment for the Canes.