Roberts on NU's recruiting radar

Peoria Richwoods tight end prospect Brandon Roberts has been on Northwestern's recruiting radar, but has yet to receive an offer. With that in mind, he showed off his skills at the NU-hosted Chicagoland Showcase camp on Thursday.

Peoria Richwoods (Ill.) tight end Brandon Roberts has been on Northwestern's recruiting radar since early in the spring. Thursday's Chicagoland Showcase camp, hosted by the Wildcats, presented an opportunity for Roberts to impress the coaching staff in person.

Roberts, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect, left the camp feeling like he made an impression on the coaching staff.

"I feel like I gave them a good look at what I can do," said Roberts of his performance.

The Chicagoland Showcase camp features hundreds of prospects from across the country, leaving the Northwestern coaches--plus coaches from other schools, too--busy throughout the day.

After the camp ended, Roberts' lead recruiter, Dennis Springer, asked for a phone call next week to discuss his performance on Thursday.

Springer and Roberts have built a strong relationship thus far, and the tight end hopes that continues on.

"I love Coach Springer, he's a great guy," said Roberts. "I like the connection, he doesn't hold anything back. He just tells me the truth. I like him he's probably one of my favorite coaches I've been involved with in the recruiting process."

This wasn't the first time Roberts had visited Northwestern. In fact, during the spring, he toured the campus and took in the Wildcats' practice. That experience stuck with him.

"I like the campus, it's a great school," said Roberts. "It's part of Chicago, not far away from home. I like the facilities. I loved the players when I was at practice. I just like it. The players are nice, coaches are nice, it's a nice environment to be around."

Roberts has received recruiting interest from Northwestern; Illinois; Indiana; Missouri; Northern Illinois; Wisconsin. He has not named any favorites, though the Wildcats would likely find themselves on that list.

"They have to be in the top three, with what the academics hold for my future," he said.

Roberts helped Peoria Richwoods to a 10-game winning streak, leading to the IHSA 6A State Finals. However, Prairie Ridge bettered Richwoods for the state title.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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