UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: ATH Kayne Roberts

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Roberts played a variety of positions for Greenback. He was the feature running back, while also seeing time at wide receiver. On defense, he played linebacker, safety, and even some defensive end • Recorded 2,217 rushing yards on 199 carries – for 11.2 yards per carry – with 37 touchdowns as a senior • Added 12 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns receiving • Defensive stats included 60 tackles, three interceptions and two blocked field goals • Led Greenback to back-to-back state title game appearances • Finalist for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award in Class 1A • Selected to the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic, the premier high school all-star game in Tennessee


Sign up for Inside Carolina!
Why join?

RECRUITMENT: Roberts surfaced on UNC’s radar with his showing during a June camp. Although the coaches didn’t offer, they tracked him throughout his senior season, which ended in the TSSAA 1A Championship game. A day after said game, UNC offered. Wasting no time, Roberts immediately accepted.

WHY CAROLINA: “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.”

EVALUATION: Roberts is a big athlete who played a lot of different skill positions for a small school. In that setting, he was very productive. With that said, there’s going to be a little bit of trial and error to determine his collegiate position. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has very good feet and is surprisingly fluid. If he becomes more assertive in run support, he’d make a great outside linebacker.

HS COACH QUOTES: “First off, he’s 6-3 and around 190 pounds. When he came to North Carolina on a visit to a camp last summer, they timed him running a 4.49 (40-yard dash). It’s rare to see that size and speed combination in football. We’re equally proud of him academically and off the field stuff as we are with how fantastic he is as a player. North Carolina signed him as an athlete, though he’s likely to be on the defensive side of the ball. He played offense for us too… he was one of our running backs. I got him the ball and he was explosive, he had more than 2,000 yards rushing for us. He was a great wide receiver for us, a great safety for us, a great kick returner for us. If we played a team that had one really explosive receiver that we needed to stop, we’d put Kayne on him and Kayne would plum shut him down. If we played a team that was a heavy run team, then he’d played linebacker in the box. We put him in the spot to make the team most successful.  He was a jack of all trades for us and I think he’ll be successful wherever they put him at Carolina.” – Greg Ryan, Greenback HS 

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "When Kayne came to camp, we didn’t know a whole lot about him. He’s from Greenback, Tennessee so it’s not on the beaten path. He came to camp and blew us away because he ran a 4.5 and then we started watching him in camp and he did some great things. Now we started looking at his film and he’s played everything on the field except the interior line. So he really is athletic and can do a lot of things. We think we’ll start him out at linebacker and see how he progresses from there."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: While on campus, he was told during a meeting with Larry Fedora that the staff was close to determining whether it would have a scholarship available or not. Roberts's response: if/when an offer is extended, he'd immediately be in the boat.  … Read the full subscriber-only report 


Not an InsideCarolina.com subscriber? Sign up now and you'll get a seven-day FREE trial! Join the community to get all the great team and recruiting scoop, access to the premium forums, and exclusive gear and ticket discounts. Become a subscriber today!

Inside Carolina Top Stories