NC State has landed verbal commitments from roughly six offensive linemen for the class of 2007. Of that group, Desmond Roberts from Northampton-West High School in Gaston, NC is generally considered to be the most highly rated of the bunch.
Roberts, 6-5, 260 pounds, committed to the Wolfpack last August. Since then, NC State has undergone a coaching change and with that came a flood of newfound interest in the senior lineman's services. Schools like UNC, Virginia Tech and Penn State have turned up the recruiting heat in the hopes of securing an official visit. This past weekend provided the first chance for Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien to introduce his new staff as Roberts made his official visit to State. Roberts apparently came away impressed.
"It was good," Roberts said of his trip. "I had seen a couple of the coaches before but this was the first time I had a chance to talk to all of them. They all seemed pretty nice. I was hosted by Julian Williams and I had a chance to talk to several of the players. They were all saying how much they liked them and how the new staff had a plan to win."
Despite the coaching turnover at NC State, Roberts has maintained his commitment to the Wolfpack. That was still the case after his official visit.
"I'm still with State," said Roberts. "Me and my mom are going to sit down and talk about whether we're going to take any other visits. I think we'll make a decision by Tuesday.
"But my commitment is real firm. I told some people that I would be making visits so I didn't want to break my promises."
Should he decide on any additional official visits, UNC and Penn State appear to be likely destinations.
One factor weighing in State's favor is Roberts' intention to major in Engineering. He had a chance to check into that more thoroughly during his visit.
"I had a chance to talk with the academic staff and I met the Dean in the Engineering department," he said. "That gave me a good chance to learn more of what it's about and they did a good job of breaking it all down for me."
Roberts was previously a three-star prospect on Scout.com before being changed to a two-star player recently.
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." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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Gaston (NC) Northampton-West Offensive Lineman Desmond Roberts