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Kayne Roberts UNC Commitment Q&A: 'It Feels Like a Dream'

Kayne Roberts committed to UNC on Saturday. The athlete from Greenback (Tenn.) talked with Inside Carolina about his decision...

Commitment Q&A with Kayne Roberts

Tell me what happened.

“I went to a visit at North Carolina when they played Georgia Tech a couple of weeks ago. And I talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora and he told me that they weren’t going to keep me waiting until January or February. They told me they were going to get back with me within a couple of weeks. And they texted me [on Saturday] and asked me if I was free. I was on the way home from Cookeville, because we played in the high school championship game Friday and we stayed the night Friday night. And they called me and [Fedora] offered me. 

“I told Coach [John] Papuchis the day that they offer, I would [commit] to them that day. So I did.”

Why did you feel so strongly about UNC?

“Really what it was: I went to a camp this past summer and I met with the coaching staff. And just Chapel Hill it just feels like home to me; it feels like where I’m from. 

“And the coaching staff, I have a lot of respect for them. They keep their word and they’re honest.”

You got the offer and then you committed on the eve of your birthday. How are you feeling?

“It feels like a dream – that’s exactly what it feels like, to be honest with you. I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present. I feel blessed and I feel honored.

“I actually committed on my quarterback’s birthday.”

Your quarterback’s birthday is a day before yours?

“Me and my quarterback, we were born in the same hospital and the same room a day apart. We were put in the same nursery, like right next to each other. Growing up, I went to a rival school, football wise. But when I got into high school my second semester of my sophomore year I moved to the same school as him.”

What were some of the schools that were in the picture for you?

“Coastal Carolina, Army West Point, Tennessee Tech, Gardner-Webb had offered. And I was told in January NC State, Virginia Tech, and Memphis were going to offer me. But, you know, North Carolina offered and that’s where I wanted to go.”

How firm is this commitment? Is there a school out there that could offer you and sway you in a different direction?

“No. The day that I went there, I told Coach Fedora the day that you offered me, I’m committed here and I’m not going anywhere else. And I’m sticking with that. I don’t want to go anywhere else. That was the school that I wanted to go to and it happened and I’m going to stick with it.”

Position wise, where does UNC project you to play?

“They’re recruiting me as an athlete. I talk to the linebacker coach a lot, so maybe linebacker. But to be honest with you, I don’t really know what they’re looking at for me. All I know, I’m going to go in and I’m pretty sure I’m going to play special teams a lot. But besides that, I don’t really know what side of the ball I’m going to be on.”

You’ve played multiple positions during your senior season and were a major reason for Greenback reaching the state championship game. How were you used and what were your stats?

“Primarily, I played running back and outside linebacker. I played defensive end and I played some safety. I had to guard a couple of wide receivers as we got deeper into the playoffs. And I played a lot of slot receiver in certain situations.

“My stats: I had 199 carries for 2,200 yards and 37 rushing touchdowns; 12 catches for 400 yards and five receiving touchdowns; somewhere around 60 tackles, three interceptions, and two blocked field goals.”

The next step for you is scheduling your UNC official visit. Where are you at with that?

“I think I’m going to be going on an official visit in January with the other commits. I’ve been talking to some of the other commits on the phone and they said that they’re all going the same weekend in January.”

You’ve been to a camp and you’ve been to a game. When you officially visit, what are you hoping to learn?

“Really with my official visit, I just want to build better relationships with the coaching staff and just get a better inside look at what the school is like and what life is like at North Carolina.”

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