Deion Roberson is one of the heralded defensive tackles from the Class of 2009 that will be arriving in Raleigh later this summer. He and those other interior linemen hope to bolster the position for years to come.
Until then, however, the 6-2, 275-pound prospect from Tucker High School in Georgia is focused on making sure he has the academic credentials he needs to enroll.
"I've gotta take the ACT," Roberson told Pack Pride recently. "I think it's on June 13. I've just been doing more studying and trying to prepare for it."
Regardless of what happens on that test, it's unlikely that Wolfpack fans will see Roberson on the field next year. Though he has a promising future with NC State the coaching staff would like to see him spend a year developing his game and body. He said he would "most likely" take a redshirt year as a freshman.
"I've been talking with Jim Bridge for the most part. He's just telling me to keep working in the weight room and get ready to come up there."
Roberson plans to arrive on campus on June 30 if everything goes according to plan.
Though he's still focused on finishing strong, Roberson is looking ahead just a little bit. He's excited about the future.
"I think we can do better than we did last year. I feel the team is really building up."
Roberson said he has been keeping in touch with some of the other incoming freshmen, including defensive end Sylvester Crawford.