Name: Desmond Roberts
Hometown: Gaston, North Carolina
High School: Northampton West High School
Position: Offensive Line
Notes: Roberts signed with NC State over offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, UNC, East Carolina and South Carolina among others. 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.
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.
Roberts was rated the No. 34 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep magazine and a two-star prospect according to Scout.com. Tabbed a "Super Prospect" by analyst Bill Hodge, Roberts was rated the No. 14 center in the nation by ESPN.
Scouting Report #1: "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." -- Football Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
Scouting Report #2: "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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