LOI #15: Deion Roberson

Tucker (GA) defensive lineman Deion Roberson has signed with NC State!

Deion Roberson
Scout Rating:
Scout Rank: #99 Defensive Tackle
Size: 6-2, 275 pounds
Hometown: Tucker, GA
High School: Tucker High School

Projected position at NCSU: Defensive Tackle

Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the No. 47 defensive tackle in the nation…Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 59 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 43 overall prospect in Georgia…did not play senior season due to dislocated ankle...Received a rating of A- from the Atlanta Journal Constitution...was recruited to NC State by coach Jim Bridge.

Commit Date: 1/11/2009

Recruiting Scene: Over the course of the recruiting process Roberson picked up offers from the likes of West Virginia, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa State, Louisville, East Carolina and several smaller programs. He likely would have received even more interest and more offers had he played his senior season. The Pack did not back off in spite of his dislocated ankle and their persistence paid off in the form of a commitment after Roberson officially visiting NC State in January. He had visited Louisville before that.

Why NCSU? "I had a great visit. My host was Zach Allen, he's from Georgia like me and we got along real well. I enjoyed everything about it. "Before I left I spoke with coach O'Brien and the defensive line coach and I committed. I just know that's where I want to go to college after being up there."

ESPN Evaluation: Roberson comes across as a pretty salty dude in the trenches. He can be physical and tough to run at. He has solid size and should be able to get into a college weight program and add more good bulk. He will display the ability to fire off the ball, shoot his hands, derive power from the hips, and knock a blocker back. When he plays like that he can be tough to handle. Displays good raw power and is not an easy kid to knock off the ball even when he plays with poor pad level.

He does need to work on being more consistent in his get-off and at using his hands. Does an adequate job of shedding and comes across as a kid that will close down a gap. Looks to do most of his damage between the tackles. As a pass rusher he can bull rush and collapse the pocket. Needs to work to develop moves, but Roberson is one of those kids who looks to be at his best charging straight ahead. Does not come across as a kid that will be all over the place making plays, but he is tough and can be disruptive in the heart of the trenches. With some more consistency in technique and added bulk could be a tough run defender at the college level.

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