Preventing Roseboro, a 5-foot-10, 183-pound safety from Shelby (N.C.) Crest, from making that verbal commitment is his academic situation.
“Really, I’m focused on my grades,” Roseboro said. “I have my senior year [and] I have some work to do to bring them up for me to commit.”
UNC offered Roseboro after a sophomore season in which he tallied 52 tackles, six interceptions, and eight pass breakups. NC State then followed suit.
Additional offers were sure to accompany the two in-state schools. However, a torn ACL suffered just before Roseboro’s junior campaign kickoff wiped out that season.
“It was really sad,” Roseboro said. “It really hit me in the first game. I got hurt the week before the first game. The first game, we had South Point, which is a rival game. They were ranked fourth and we were ranked fifth [in NCHSAA 3A] and I didn’t get to play.
“If I would have played in the state [championship] game, I believe we could have won. [Southern Durham] threw for about 300 and something yards. That really hurt me, because my presence was really missed in the state game.”
The knee injury also halted Roseboro’s recruitment.
“It slowed me down,” Roseboro said. “A lot of coaches say, ‘We know you’re coming off this injury. We’d like to see you in a few games of your senior year to see how you’ve come along with your knee.’ They have told me that a knee injury like a [torn] ACL they take it very seriously. They know it’s a major injury and they want to see how I come back from it.”
Roseboro was cleared for football activities in March. He’s been participating in team 7-on-7 practices and events all summer and camped at Georgia, UNC, and Tennessee.
“It kind of feels different,” Roseboro said. “When I’m out there, I don’t think about it a lot. My knee feels so good that I don’t even wear a brace or anything like that. I just go out there and do what I’ve got to do. I just made sure I had so much strength in my knee that I wouldn’t need a brace. But when the season starts, I’ll probably have a sleeve over it to put a little pressure on it.”
Roseboro’s most recent camp experience was the Tar Heels’ July camp.
“It went great,” Roseboro said. “I think overall I did well at the camp. I was there to get to know the coaches. The coaches wanted to see me. And I knew it was the last camp.”
During the camp, Roseboro worked out under defensive coordinator/safety Vic Koenning’s guidance.
“When I went to Georgia and Tennessee, they just toss you out there and see what you can do,” Roseboro said. “But North Carolina and the coaching staff there, they teach you things that you can use in the season. I learned a lot from Coach Koenning.”
Roseboro, who attended UNC’s Spring Game last April, plans to return to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels’ season opener.