Avery Roberts from Wilmington (Del.) Concorde is a highly touted junior linebacker. The 6-foot-2 and 215-pound Roberts was wrapping up his spring break from school with a trip to Nebraska to check out the Huskers' spring game.
"I got to Lincoln on Friday about noon," Roberts said. "I went to the school and visited with the staff and took a tour of the facilities."
The time outside of the game was spent with mainly one coach on the Nebraska staff. Roberts met all of the Huskers staff, but he said that basically for two days it was he and one coach. There is a solid relationship being built.
"I really spent most of my time in Lincoln with Coach Trent Bray. He would be my position coach. I did speak with all of the coaches, but Coach Bray and I basically spent two days together.
"I really thought that Coach Bray and I connected. I got a chance to sit in on the linebackers meeting. The schemes weren't too complicated. I thought that I could pick it up pretty quick."
Roberts made a connection with his recruiting coach and also came away impressed with the facilities at Nebraska. Roberts had never been to Nebraska before, but he had seen the facilities at other schools and had basis for comparison.
"The facilities at Nebraska were really nice," Roberts said. "I have seen some nice facilities before at other schools before. Nebraska's weight room, locker room and their stadium are nice. Just about the whole place is really nice."
A consistent theme to the weekend -- particularly from the defensive recruits -- was that the scheme that the new staff really fits how they play the game. The same can be said for Roberts who liked what he saw on Saturday.
"Yes I like the scheme," Roberts said. "It fits me really well. The Nebraska coaches see me as a MIKE linebacker so I really watched Josh Banderas and Mike Rose during the game. I also hung out with them."
There were some things that Roberts expected and anticipated about the trip. Looking back at the visit everything about the trip really exceeded the thoughts he had coming in. Roberts came away thinking that Nebraska could be a possible college destination.
"The visit really exceeded all of my expectations about Nebraska. I didn't expect to see what I saw. I thought that it was going to be in the country and Lincoln was a great town. It's a place that I could see myself for four or five years."
As a sophomore, Roberts had 112 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Roberts was a first-team all-state selection.