Roberts Ready for Visits

Gaston (NC) star Desmond Roberts played center for North Carolina as the team defeated South Carolina 23-16 in the 2006 Shrine Bowl.

Gaston (NC) star Desmond Roberts played center for North Carolina as the team defeated South Carolina 23-16 in the 2006 Shrine Bowl.

"The week was fun," said Roberts. "The first couple of days we had some problems with guys coming from different systems, but about mid-week everything started clicking real good with all the formations and the offense."

Roberts is considered a prospect with a lot of upside. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Northampton West standout just recently turned 17, and he is still growing physically and improving on his technique.

Roberts originally committed to NC State over offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland among others. With the firing of Chuck Amato, these programs and others, such as Penn State, continue to pursue Roberts. Is he still committed to NC State?

"I'm still committed to NC State right now, but I'm still looking around also," Roberts said. "I just want to see if I fit in well with coach O'Brien. I'm visiting State first on the 12th of January. I'll see how everything goes then."

One person in NC State's corner is Desmond's mother. An avid Wolfpack fan, Roberts admitted that his mom was decked out in NC State gear in the stands for the Shrine Bowl.

"She would love to see me go to State," Roberts said of his mother. "It's close to home, and she likes State a lot. She'd love to see me stay with State."

Roberts, who was recruited to NC State by tight ends coach Curt Cignetti, spoke just briefly with new NC State head coach Tom O'Brien after he was hired.

"I talked to him on the phone one day, and he sounds like a good guy," Roberts said. "I'm waiting to get to meet him. He was down [at the Shrine Bowl] for a lunch event where he spoke, but I didn't get to talk to him."

Following the January 12th NC State visit, Roberts intends on visiting Virginia Tech, Penn State, and North Carolina. Roberts did leave the door open for possibly firming up his commitment and canceling his remaining visits should he have a good trip at NC State.

"It depends," said Roberts. "I'm not real sure, but if it goes well I'll probably stick with State and not take anymore visits. You never know though. I could end up taking them anyways even if that visit went real well."

Scouting Report: "Desmond Roberts is a high school center, but I am not sold on his potential at the position because he may be simply out of place there. The combination of his height and very long arms could move Roberts out from the cerebral position to one of the other places along the line. Still have to love that versatility. Needs to add weight to be college ready, but knees are already buckling a little with his current size. Has a tendency to play with his hands low." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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Gaston (NC) Northampton-West Offensive Lineman Desmond Roberts

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