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Nebraska drops in on 2017 LB Avery Roberts

Nebraska checked in on 2017 linebacker Avery Roberts last week. The junior talks about his recruitment.

Nebraska spent the better part of last week on the road recruiting and one big time 2017 target that got a visit was Concord high school (DE) linebacker Avery Roberts. Nebraska assistant coach Trent Bray wasn’t able to talk to Roberts in person, but the two did talk afterwards. 

“He wanted to let me know that I’m one of his main guys and made it a point to get out here and talk to my coach,” said Roberts. “He wanted my coach to know that he really wants me.”

A four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 59 overall player in the 2017 class, Roberts has 22 offers with schools like TCU, Michigan State and Mississippi State also showing interest. 

“I was always confident in myself. Being in Delaware, I didn’t think 22 offers. I figured 2 or 3 at this point,” said Roberts. “I feel Delaware gets a bad rap for its football. There are a lot of athletes here who could play D-1 if they got the opportunities. They just don’t’ get the exposure. I don’t think it hurts me recruiting wise when it comes to schools, but Delaware definitely plays a part in my ranking.”

Roberts only played in seven games this season for Concord after suffering a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season.

“I had a pretty good year,” said Roberts. “I had 74 tackles, 12 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. I had a pretty good season…coming back from injury we were playing pretty good teams in the state. I wasn’t at full speed, but was good enough that I could play.”

With National Signing Day more than 14 months away for Roberts, a decision isn’t necessarily around the corner. But, he could decide on his future school before the start of his senior season.

“Between now and my senior year, if I fall in love with a school, I might commit. I will probably take a couple officials, but I would commit if it was right,” said Roberts, who visited Nebraska during the Red-White game. “I remember the atmosphere and the amount of people for a spring game. The entire city and state really rallies around the team.”

As a sophomore in 2014, Roberts recorded 112 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for loss. He was one of Nebraska’s first offers in the 2017 class.

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