"Coach Yokitis actually sent me a message on Facebook in February of 2012," Roberts explained. "Things died down though and it wasn't until January 5th until I talked to him again about the Naval Academy. I was surprised because I hadn't heard from them in a year, but excited. On February 2nd, Coach Niumatalolo and Coach Yokitis came to my school and told me they were going to offer me that day. I had my heart set on going to Navy when they were first contacting me. A week later, Army offered me but I turned them down.
"When I was being recruited, Coach Yokitis liked that I may not be the biggest offensive lineman out there, but I go hard and give 100-percent effort. He liked how aggressive I play the game and my meanness. I remember he said meanness isn't something you can teach a kid. They like how I work hard on every play to the whistle. I'm either going to be a center or guard."
Roberts didn't make an official visit to the Annapolis campus, but was on campus the weekend after National Signing Day. He's planning on making a return visit this weekend.
"The coaches told me they'd love to have me there but I'd have to pay my way," he said. "I kind of tagged along with the players there on their official visit. I really liked the campus. The whole time I was there I was just amazed how great it is. I like how the city of Annapolis is laid out. The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is one of those great football stadiums I've dreamed of playing in ever since I was in Pee Wee football. I got to talk with Coach Ingram and Coach Culton. They have a straight-forward approach, which I liked. They told me the best are going to play. Every year they're going to try to out-recruit you. It's a good approah, a good outlook.
"I'm going up this weekend to watch their last practice of the spring. I'm looking forward to it."
Roberts was a four year starter for the Trinity Christian Tigers. As a senior, he was named All-District on both sides of the line. He led his team in sacks and was selected the team's Most Outstanding Lineman.
"I played defensive tackle and guard," Roberts said. "I improved on my straight head-to-head blocking. From my junior year to my senior year, I got a lot bigger putting on 30 pounds of muscle. I was able to push people around better and had 51 pancakes. My strong suit has always been pulls and getting to the second level to take out the safety."
In the spring, Roberts has been weight lifting and conditioning to prepare himself for NAPS. He plans on being in Annapolis on July 22nd.
"My goal is to be in on all of the snaps on offense," Roberts said of his first year with the Naval Academy Prep team. "Coach Ingram and Coach Culton told me their not going to have that many kids. I want to continue to get better and improve because I want to start the first game of my freshman season."
In addition to Navy and Army, Roberts also held an offer from Drake. He plans on studying Engineering in college and is contemplating going into the Marines and making a career of the military.
Keyfer Roberts on Signing Day.