Name: Desmond Roberts
Hometown: Gaston, North Carolina
High School: Northampton West High School
Notes: An all-conference selection, Roberts led a powerful offensive line that was the driving force behind Northampton West High's surprising run to the state championship game.
Roberts landed scholarship offers from South Carolina, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Maryland prior to committing to the Wolfpack. He projects as a center on the next level.
SCOUTING REPORT: "It is rare to see a 6-5, 260-pound prospect playing center on the high school level. Then again, Desmond Roberts isn't your average high school player. While he is technically sound at center, Roberts has all the tools to be a solid guard on the collegiate level. Most impressive is his drive off the ball, ability to get underneath the defender and flexibility. Roberts moves like a player that is 50 pounds lighter. He does a super job of engaging the opposing defensive lineman and driving his man off the ball. It's not uncommon to see Roberts 10 yards down the field, leading the charge on running plays. A young player, Roberts is still growing and could project as a guard or tackle on the next level." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
"About as quick a center as you will find, moves well off the ball and finds the second level quickly. Very aware of his surroundings, great as a primary blocker and when helping maintains good contact while finding his free-flowing linebacker. Great natural bend, good frame that could put on more weight, and a great leader on the field." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
COACH QUOTE: "Desmond is just a baby. He's 16 and won't turn 17 until November. He wears a 17 shoe and is still growing. Everybody is all over him." -- Northampton West head coach Diego Hasty
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