Roberts: 'I Wanted To Commit'

Although Desmond Roberts already holds a North Carolina scholarship offer, the offensive lineman decided to attend UNC's three-day last week to work in-depth with new offensive line coach Mark Weber – and it nearly led to a Tar Heel commitment.

"It went really nice," said Roberts. "I got to work with Coach Weber. I understand how he coaches and what not. They told me that the coaches like me already and I really wasn't competing against the other campers. They just wanted to see what I could do."

It went so "nice" that Roberts, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman from Gaston (N.C.) Northampton-West, considered making a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels.

"After the camp itself, I wanted to commit, but I didn't go through with the academic stuff so I wasn't able to take that step," said Roberts. "At one point, I did [want to commit], because I fit in real good there. It was just like a high off the experience."

After leaving camp, Roberts unofficially visited nearby N.C. State, where he met with academic advisors and watched the players workout. Upon returning home, Roberts said he didn't want to name a leader now and is still a good few months from making a final decision.

"I have a group of favorites – [N.C.] State, [North] Carolina, and Virginia Tech," said Roberts. "I was thinking right after I take my official visits [I'll decide]. I don't know if I'll take all five, but I think I'll take at least four. I know I'll probably go to Virginia Tech, State, Florida, and Carolina – maybe Maryland."

During the camp, Roberts was matched up against the best defensive lineman in camp and one of the best in the nation, Tydreke Powell, for a three-day rivalry.

"I did pretty good," said Roberts. "During one-on-ones, I went up against Tydreke Powell the whole time. I found out my strengths and I found out my weaknesses. I felt that going up against a person like that, I'm going to get better and he's going to get better every time I go against him. It really worked out for the both of us."

Roberts worked out at every position along the offensive line during camp, but will more than likely stay inside if he were to choose the Tar Heels.

"Basically they're going to start me at center to see how I fit in," said Roberts. "They want to work me in at guard, also."

Roberts is done with camps for the summer, and doesn't have any future unofficial visits scheduled.

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

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