He and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can envision that, but they also can imagine a safety looking into the opposing backfield with the mind of a former quarterback. Either way, Roberts' future appears to be as a stopper rather than a thrower or a runner.
The nearly 6-2, 200-pound Roberts is okay with that. He's excited about carrying forward a tradition of Houston talent migrating north to play in orange and black, and is happy there are fellow Houstonians heading north with him.
"I was very excited about hearing from the Oklahoma State coaches, and I was going to make sure I made it over to the camp when their coaches were in Houston," Robert said. "Oklahoma State is a great school and football program, so it is great to be a part of that."
When Roberts talks about school, he means it. Classes are not an afterthought for him; he likes to be a standout in the classroom as well. He is competitive there, too.
"Grades are a big thing to me, I want to be big in the classroom," Roberts said. "My favorite class right now, I'd say it is Aquatic Science. We learn all about different bodies of water, fresh and salt water, fish and all the species of life involved. All the specimens, it is a great class. My second favorite class, I'd say English."
Roberts says he won't drop the ball at Oklahoma State, even though he's moving to defense. He'll still work to stand out in the classroom, and his planned major is computer engineering.