Heels Moving Up with Roberts

As North Carolina continues to recruit interior offensive lineman, they are slowly – but surely – making up ground with Desmond Roberts.

"Everything is still the same except, my top three schools now is between N.C. State, Virginia Tech, and [North] Carolina," said Roberts.

Back in February, Roberts, who holds scholarship offers from East Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech, was considered a strong Wolfpack lean, while the Tar Heels were a mere afterthought.

N.C. State is still Roberts' leader, but Virginia Tech and North Carolina are "right behind them." The Tar Heels made a huge push after Roberts unofficially visited Chapel Hill, while the constant recruitment has continued the momentum.

"There are a couple of players that played with me that go to school [at UNC]," said Roberts. "It's not too far away – it's only an hour and a half away."

The one problem with UNC, the school doesn't offer Roberts' preferred major.

"If I was going to go to them, I'd have to change my major," said Roberts. "They don't have my major – I want to major in automotive, technically it's under mechanical engineering."

Since Roberts plans to use the college camping circuit as a means to check out new campuses, he is looking to possibly skip out on camping at Chapel Hill this summer. He will, however, camp at Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, and South Carolina.

Although Roberts is being recruited to play either center or guard, his 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame could quickly grow into a tackle once on campus, especially given the fact that he is only 16 years old and won't turn 17 until November.

An all-conference selection, Roberts led a powerful offensive line that was the driving force behind Gaston (N.C.) Northampton-West's surprising run to the state championship game.

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