LOI #7: Desmond Roberts

Gaston (NC) offensive lineman Desmond Roberts has signed with NC State!

OL Desmond Roberts
6-5, 260 pounds, 5.2 seconds in the 40
Northampton High-West, Gaston, NC

Prospect Ranking: No. 34 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep magazine, Two-star prospect according to Scout.com, Super Prospect according to analyst Bill Hodge, No. 14 center in the nation by ESPN

Accomplishments: Roberts helped lead his team to a 13-1 record in 2006 and better than 40 points per game before bowing out in the state playoffs to Manteo. Roberts was selected to the Shrine Bowl.

Academics: Roberts projects as an academic qualifier.

The Recruiting Scene: Roberts committed to NC State over offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, UNC, East Carolina and South Carolina. He was a strong lean to the Pack during much of the spring and summer of 2006 before pulling the trigger for NC State last August. The firing of head coach Chuck Amato led to Roberts opening up his recruiting again and he subsequently made official visits to Penn State and Virginia Tech. However, the Wolfpack's new staff had forged a strong relationship with Roberts and his mother and his desire to major in Engineering led him to solidify his commitment to NC State in late January.

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

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