Donovan Roberts Working To Add Speed To Size

Last Friday inside the indoor track facility on the OU campus Edmond Memorial High School hosted a track meet and for the first time since the eighth grade Norman Tigers standout running back Donovan Roberts lined up to run. Roberts, 6-1, 200 pounds and strong, had always focused in high school on getting bigger and stronger, but now he was turning the focus around to getting faster.

"It was my first official track meet since junior high and I'm running the 100, 200 meters and the 4x100 meter relay," said Roberts. "There are guys running out there that track is all they do and they can dominate.

"I know size kills, but speed kills even more. I have get-out speed, but I want the speed that gets you further than 10 to 15 yards. I'm working on the speed that gets you all the way down the field."

Actually, Norman did pretty well finishing third as a team and Roberts will get better. He actually ran a 4.5 adjusted speed (down) at the U.S. Army All-American Combine where the speeds were lightning fast.

He has a squat max of 490 pounds and a bench press max of 265 pounds. He also knows how to run with a football as this season Class 6A defenders had a hard time tackling him as he carried 254 times for 1,761 yards and 28 touchdowns for the playoff-bound Tigers.

He is getting plenty of attention with scholarship offers from Indiana, Michigan, Iowa State, Tulsa, and just recently, Arizona. He has heard from many others.

I have had a number of Big 12 coaches ask me about Roberts and he has heard from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, and Texas A&M. He attended junior days at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, and both schools are keeping in touch. This weekend he is heading to Fayetteville, Ark., to check out the Razorbacks.

"I have heard from a lot of Big 12 schools and Chuck Long (KU offensive coordinator) has his son at Norman (quarterback Zach Long), so he knows me well," said Roberts.

"I've been talking with my coaches about schools and what spring games that I can make it to. I want to go where I can play and have an opportunity to work hard and have success. I'm looking for a school that has a good background in education. Distance doesn't matter, as long as I have an opportunity."

He said he would like to major in sports broadcasting or journalism so he can stay involved in sports and even said he would like to cover recruiting so he can help kids that are in the same position he is in right now.

"I don't take it for granted," said Roberts. "I know that I'm fortunate to have this chance and to have schools that want me."

Hey, his stock is rising and fast and his work on his speed will help. Some school is going to be fortunate to get Donovan Roberts.

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