Four-star junior linebacker Avery Roberts has more than a year before he will sign a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and football career. He won’t rush that decision.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder from Concord High School in Wilmington, Del., already holds 22 offers and several of those schools are among Roberts’ early favorites. An offer from Notre Dame could shake up his recruitment.
“An offer from them could change a lot of things,” Roberts said. “It could change a lot about how I’m thinking.”
Roberts said he’s open to any school that offers but Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State and Virginia Tech have surged to the front of the pack.
Notre Dame continues to evaluate the linebacker prospect.
“I just talked to coach (Mike) Elston a couple times,” he said. “I gave him a call. He was just telling me he wanted me to come up for a visit and a camp. He told me about the program and stuff like that. I want to get up there. I’ve been getting a bunch of mail from them as well.”
Roberts hopes to visit Notre Dame either in the spring or summer to get a look at what the Irish have to offer on the field and off of it.
He has already visited Penn State, Nebraska, Temple and Rutgers.
Most schools are recruiting Roberts to play inside linebacker, the position where he has thrived during the past two seasons as a first-team all-state pick.
“I missed a couple of games early with a hamstring but I finished strong and had a pretty good season,” he said. “I played pretty good.”
Roberts comes from a football family.
His brother Grant is a sophomore defensive tackle at the University of Delaware and he teams up with his younger brother Graham at Concord. Graham, a sophomore, was named second team all-state as a running back.