At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Miami (Okla.) Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College standout tight end Willie Roberts is doing everything possible to make a return back home. That includes doing well on the field and inside the classroom.
"I just came back from study hall," Roberts told me from his apartment on Thursday night. "I'm doing pretty good in school and real good in football. I have one semester left after this one and I'll be straight. I'm on track to graduate in May."
Roberts began his college career last August, which means he took classes last fall, last spring, and this past summer prior to the start of fall classes in August.
"On the field, we're ranked No. 2 in the nation and we're still undefeated," he said. "I have 21 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns and that's No. 1 in the conference for tight ends."
Roberts and his teammates are gearing up for a big game this weekend against Kilgore, which features another future Hurricane.
"Yeah, Kevin Everett's playing for them," he said. "He's looked good. I think he's No. 2 in the conference for tight ends. I know he can play defensive end too but he's just been playing tight end in Junior College."
Roberts said he talks often with UM offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
"Coach Chud and I talk a lot," he said. "He basically talks about how they still want me, how there's still a spot, and that type of stuff. He said the tight ends have been playing real well this year and they want to continue bringing in good ones."
So what are the talented tight end's feelings in return?
"I'm trying to get back to Miami," he said. "I miss being at home. I looked at Oklahoma for awhile, but it just ain't the same out here. I'm going back to Miami and I'll start there next August. All I need to do is graduate and I'll be a Hurricane. I'm 99-percent committed to Miami. It would be 100 but I have to assume everything goes as planned."
Since Roberts was redshirted last season, he would begin his UM career as a redshirt sophomore.
"That's what Shockey did," he said. "He left here and started at Miami as a sophomore so that's what I'll do. They have Kellen Winslow, who will be a junior and they just got the No. 1 tight end out of high school last year. They have a bunch of good tight ends, plus Kevin Everett might be going, but I'm all about it. Miami's home. I'm a Hurricane and I will go in there and compete."
That's the Dade County attitude we've grown to love, Willie!
"Talib [Humphrey] went to UM after last year and he is a former teammate of mine at Southridge and he's happy again now that he's at UM. I've only had a chance to watch their games against Florida and Boston College so far but they still look like the same team I grew to love."
Super TE '99-percent' Sure on UM
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