Roberts Moves Up Timetable

Since the start of his recruitment, Desmond Roberts has looked to take his five allotted official visits before making his final decision. However, the Scout.com three-star offensive lineman has had a change in heart.

"I'm going to try to have a decision by football season," said Roberts. "I'm going to try to go right up until the end of August – maybe earlier. I'm going to get together with my coach and my mom and make a decision."

Roberts, a 6-foot-5 265-pounder from Gaston (N.C.) Northampton-West, has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to a final three with a clear cut leader.

"I'm focusing on [N.C.] State, [North] Carolina, and Virginia Tech," said Roberts. "State mainly [is the leader]. It's just like me and the coaching staff get along real good and just like the other schools, they text message me every day."

However, Roberts revealed he isn't a Wolfpack lock and enjoys the family-like feel of UNC.

"I like the coaching staff," said Roberts. "Kentwan Balmer, he went to the school that is right down the road from me, and me and him are pretty cool. He told me about the guys; I met a few of them. It's like a big family down there."

Roberts calls his primary recruit at North Carolina, Kenny Browning, at least every other week.

"I last talked to him last week," said Roberts. "He asked me how everything was going with everything and asked me if I'm any closer to making a decision."

Browning kept Roberts up to date about the highly touted recruits the Tar Heels have commitments from, including Mike Paulus, Dwight Jones and Ryan Houston.

Although mostly being recruited for center, Roberts could easily grow into a tackle position, eventually. However, UNC is planning to keep him in the interior of the line.

"When I went to Carolina [camp], they were trying to move me around throughout the line to see where I fit the best," said Roberts. "Playing guard and center is where it looks like they will keep me, right now."

Before deciding, Roberts might take at least one more visit.

"I want to go back to State maybe one weekend with my Mom and let her look around," said Roberts. "She's never really been there and talked to the coaches and seen the facilities all the way through."

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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