Virginia and Virginia Tech may not go head to head for as many in-state prospects as you may think, at least in terms of both schools being heavily in the running until the end. But the Cavs and the Hokies are prominent forces in the race for Smithfield wide receiver/defensive back target Dyrell Roberts, who currently is high on both programs.
"They are still at the top of my list," Roberts said of Virginia and Virginia Tech. He says he "probably" will visit both schools for camp this summer. He has never visited Virginia Tech but has been to UVa on four prior occasions.
Each program sent a message with their in-school visits this Evaluation period.
"Coach Beamer came, Al Groh came and I think Coach Meyer from Florida is going to come," Roberts said. "For the head coach to take the time to come says a lot."
Besides Virginia and Virginia Tech, coaches from Connecticut, East Carolina, Marshall, Penn State, UNC and N.C. State have stopped by Smithfield High School this month. Florida coaches are supposed to be coming as well.
The Evaluation period has been successful for Roberts, who recently added two new offers. He is now up to five 1A scholarship offers, with Virginia, Virginia Tech and ECU having offered prior to this month. More could be on the way soon.
"U-Conn and Marshall are the latest offers on paper," Roberts informed. "The UNC coach was saying that they probably are going to offer soon. The N.C. State coach said the same thing.
"I don't pay attention to the verbal stuff. I'm just waiting for the offers on paper."
As a junior last season, the 6-2, 190-pound Roberts, who plays running back, wide receiver and defensive back for head coach Chris Fraser, rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground. He totaled 22 receptions on offense and racked up eight interceptions on defense. On special teams, he returned two punts for touchdowns.
The dynamic prospect is still hoping to make a decision before his senior season. At this point, he is not sure what the deciding factor will ultimately be.
"I cannot answer that right now," said Roberts, who would like the opportunity to play as a true freshman. "I'll have to sit down with my family and talk about that. We'll have to start getting things on the road if I want to decide by my senior season."