No. 3 ILB Main Priority For Nebraska

Wilmington (Del.) Concord inside linebacker prospect Avery Roberts is the top target for may schools in the Big Ten, ACC and Big 12.

As Avery Roberts, the top inside linebacker in the East, visits schools and looks at more potential visits, the message from coaches is becoming clear.

There are a number of programs viewing Roberts as a must-get prospect, and he is paying careful attention.

Penn StateNebraskaClemson and Oklahoma each expressed their intense interest in Roberts, who also is getting recruited heavily by North CarolinaVirginia TechMaryland and Pittsburgh.

"I'm just listening to what the coaches have to say, and seeing what their pitch is to me," said Roberts, who recently visited Maryland, Rutger and Penn State. "I can see the school, see what the environment is like, the people around there, see how prospects like the school."

The visit to Penn State was Roberts' first since the fall, and he connected well with new defensive coordinator Brent Pry.

"I really had a good time," Roberts said. "I enjoyed talking with coach Pry and coach (James) Franklin. They just let me know the same message. They feel like they really need me. They have a (need) for linebackers right now.

"They feel like I'm a guy they need to get, and they say I'm a local guy, so it would be nice to have me there."

Nebraska, the first Power 5 offer for Roberts, continues to push a similar message.

"(Linebackers) coach (Trent) Bray, I talk to him a lot," Roberts said. "He stressed the fact I'm really their No. 1 guy for 2017 linebacker-wise. I went last year to the spring the game and spent two days with him. We sat in the rooms, sat in meetings, and I talked to him and a couple of players. He said I could come in and play right away."

Nebraska also offered Roberts' younger brother, class of 2018 athlete Grahm Roberts.

"They were my first Power 5 conference offer," Avery Roberts said. "It was important, it was huge to me, and they're been on me ever since. They feel like I'm a priority for them and I'm not a local guy. I'm in the middle of no where. Every time it's not a dead period, they come to my school and talk to my coach."

While Nebraska has been on Roberts for a while, Oklahoma made a recent move.

"Recently, I got in touch with coach (Bob) Stoops and we talked a little bit," Roberts said. "He said he thinks I'm great a player. He thinks I could help the team out a lot, and he likes my game. They've been on me a lot. Just prior to signing day is when they really started making a push for me. 

"I talked to coach Stoops actually on signing day. He expressed that I'm a guy they want. I'm a priority for them. That is something I like to hear."

Meanwhile, Clemson and North Carolina are also making a strong push to get Roberts on campus.

"(Clemson assistant) coach (Brent ) Venebles was telling me I have great ability," Roberts said. "He said me getting there and seeing the school will do them a lot of justice. They feel like they will be the best school for me. He says me being there, I could fulfill the goals I want to accomplish."

North Carolina, which also offered Grahm, continues to speak to Roberts about a visit.

"I'm one of their top guys," he said. "They always invite me down but I haven't been able to make it. I will get there soon.I feel like taking a visit and actually sitting and talking to the staff so I could actually have questions answered."

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