Three-star offensive lineman Desmond Roberts certainly was impressed with his official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend. The Hokies are in this race, but will the official visit experience be enough to sway the talented Northampton (Gaston, N.C.) recruit from his original commitment to N.C. State?
Roberts addressed his current situation, ranking his finalists in the current order of preference.
"There is N.C. State, then Virginia Tech and then Penn State," said Roberts, who considers himself a soft commitment to N.C. State. "I don't know exactly what I'm going to do now. I'm going to take the next couple of days to think about everything and then make a decision."
Virginia Tech's players made a very positive impression on Roberts.
"The thing that really impressed me was the guys on the team," Roberts said. "I had a lot of fun with those guys. Sergio Render was my host. I just felt real comfortable with the guys. I met with the coaches. I got to see the stadium - the big press box was real nice."
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer gave his final pitch before Roberts left.
"I met with Coach Beamer [on Sunday morning]," Roberts said. "He talked about the things they have to offer there. I could probably play pretty early, if I come in physically fit."
Roberts' family had a good experience as well.
"They liked it a lot," Roberts said. "My mom has a sister that lives Blacksburg, so she talked to her. She liked it a whole lot. She liked that there were outdoors things that I like to do."
Roberts is finished with his official visits. He is not sure if he will have a press conference to announce his final decision, which he hopes to make soon. Stay tuned, as TSL will follow up with Roberts later this week for more on this situation.
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