Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma has played a very difficult schedule this year. Defensive end Austin Roberts knows it's been a tough road. He says that he would like to hit some more personal goals this year, but it focused on helping the team.
"It's not going as well as we would have liked," Roberts said. "We are 3-5, but we have played six of the top 15 teams in the nation this season.
"I don't think that I've lived up to my expectations this season. I'm not panicking. It's a tough balance with personal goals and the team. I am just trying to help the team win."
Roberts has been moving around a little bit this year; lining up all over the place. He says that he feels comfortable being asked to do anything on the football field that could be expected from a hybrid defensive end.
"I have been playing a little bit of the hybrid and I did some back in high school. I feel like I can do it all though. I can really attack the quarterback, stop the run and I like playing in space."
Things are definitely on the up-swing lately for Roberts. He has a handful of offers, but is expecting a couple more very soon. Two teams are standing out the most right now for Roberts though.
"I get a lot of mail from both Nebraska and Mississippi State. I would say that those two schools have been showing me the most love."
Roberts has one official visit set up for an SEC program in December. He says that there are three more schools that will get official visits that he knows of right now.
"I haven't taken any official visits yet," Roberts said. "I have a visit set for Georgia on December 7th. I will be setting something up for both Nebraska, Missouri and I will also go to Oregon."
The defensive line coach from Nebraska has been leading the charge for the Huskers. There is a bit of an ace in the hole potentially for Nebraska because the NEO head coach actually played for Nebraska in the early 90's for Tom Osborne.
"I have been talking to Coach Rick Kaczenski from Nebraska. My head coach, Ryan Held, played for Nebraska in the early-90s and won some national titles there. He played wide receiver."