Robertson Eyes UNC

LAURINBURG, N.C. –- North Carolina has recruiting momentum and is in position to keep it going on Tuesday, if UNC coaches can convince Scotland County four-star prospect Travian Robertson to go ahead and pull the trigger when he comes to town for the Tar Heels' basketball game with Duke.

Robertson, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end ranked the No. 2 prospect in the state's junior class by Scout.com, currently holds offers from UNC and NC State, as well as Appalachian State; but is certain to receive many more from top Division I schools over the next 12 months.

Yet, he has a clear favorite. Make that a prohibitive favorite. In fact, Robertson told Inside Carolina from his school on Monday he may be ready to go ahead and get it over with.

"I probably will. If they convince me enough, I probably will," Robertson said when asked if he might commit to UNC when he visits on Tuesday.

"It's real close. It's getting closer and closer every day. I grew up a Carolina fan. The games I've gone to there have always been exciting.

"I like the coaching staff the most, and I love their campus," he said. "The coaches treat you real well up there and I have a lot of friends up there that come from this school.

UNC currently lists three Scotland County alums on its roster: Cam Sexton, Hilee Taylor and Jacoby Watkins.

Robertson, who Scots' coach Mark Barnes said runs 40 yards in the "4.55 range," started at linebacker as a sophomore and was moved to defensive end to start last season. But he injured his knee in the second game of the year, which required season-ending surgery.

"It was terrible missing a year," Robertson said. "My recovery is going real well. This is my last month before I can go back to working out the way I used to."

Although Robertson is bigger and stronger at this point than Taylor was, Barnes says the two have many comparable attributes.

"He's a lot like Hilee in that he's got a great first step," Barnes said. "Travian has a strong motor. He plays hard. He's relentless defensively. And he's just a fine young man who has tremendous work habits."

Robertson said he doesn't want to draw out his recruitment, and his coach agreed he would prefer Robertson make his choice before the season starts this fall.

"I think if he knows what he wants to do, he should go ahead and commit," Barnes said.

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