Roberts Enjoys Unofficial Visit

Gaston (NC) offensive lineman Desmond Roberts visited NC State on Saturday for the basketball game against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

"It was good," Desmond Roberts told Pack Pride. "I came up with my mom so we could talk to the coaches some more and go to the basketball game.

"Man, the game was great. I liked seeing State win because you could see how much it meant to the Wolfpack fans. I ran out on the court with the fans after the game. I rushed the floor with the students... I just got caught up in the moment. I tried to find some ESPN cameras to get on TV too. I don't know if I did though, but it was fun."

Roberts is one of the more coveted recruits in NC State's football recruiting class. Holding offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, and East Carolina among others, Roberts visited Penn State, Virginia Tech, and NC State before electing to firm up his soft commitment to the Wolfpack. When he told the coaches of his decision, Roberts stated they couldn't hide their emotions.

"They were real happy," he said. "They had been trying to get me to recommit ever since they got to State so I know that they were happy."

What was the biggest factor in his decision?

"That was where I felt the most comfortable," said Roberts. "I've always liked State, but I wanted to get to know the new coaches some and check out a few other schools. I got along with the coaches and I already like the players they have. It's a family atmosphere, and I felt it was the best option for me."

Fully qualified, Roberts plans on majoring in Engineering at NC State. He projects as a center or offensive guard 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." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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