RECUITING: Montana kicker makes it official

James Hale takes in-depth statitical look at Oklahoma's kicker of the future and talks to him about why he chose the Sooners


Roberts has been kicking since seventh grade and has been a four-year starter on the varsity level. This season Roberts was 11 for 12 on field goals with a long of 51 and he was 33 for 35 on PATs. On kickoffs, 85 % were in the endzone or out. Roberts averaged 64 yards per kickoff this year. Roberts also averaged 41 yards per punt. Roberts stood out at Ray Pelfrey's summer camp and according to Pelfrey, Roberts was the number one place kicker in the country. Roberts also played WR and CB and started half a season before a groin injury forced him to just kick. At practice Roberts says his range on FGs is 57 yards.

JH: What was it about OU that you liked so much that you would give them a commitment?

"The coaches remind me a lot of the coaches I have at high school. They are laid back when they are off the field, which is similar what I have in high school. When practice starts they get after it just like we do. You guys have a lot more trees than we do here, but we are a lot more flat. I really like Coach (Bob) Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff. Of course, the Oklahoma football tradition itself is one of the highest in the country and people there just like to win. I noticed on my visit all the trophy's and such and the tradition was great."

JH: OU graduates both it's kicker and punter, are you ready to step right in and be the starting place kicker next year?

"If that is how it works, I believe I am ready to do it. I have been kicking off a one-inch block and that has been going real well. I am confident I can do it. The once-inch has only been a minor adjustment for me at this point so I think I will be real comfortable with it by the time I get into college.

JH: You will be the kicker on a national title contending team next year, are you excited about that?

"I have experience with a winning team. Of the four years that I have played varsity we have played in the state championship game three times. My freshman year we finished second, my sophomore year we lost in the semi-finals. Last year we won the state title and then finished second this year."

JH: Have you had many game winning PAT's or FGs?

"Last year to get into the semi-finals we were in double overtime against one of the best teams in the state and I was sent out to hit a PAT that won the game for us. My freshman year a similar thing happened. I have never really had a game come down to a last second field goal. However, I feel real confident in those situations. I don't get real nervous in games. I focus pretty well on what I have to do."

JH: Who else did you consider?

"I also considered Northwestern, Wisconsin, Montana, Rice and I have been contacted by Alabama, but I wasn't to interested in them. Michigan also contacted me. I visited Wisconsin last week and they offered me a scholarship, however I visited Oklahoma this week and there is no comparison."

JH: I don't guess distance was a problem for you?

"It's a pretty long flight, but I just felt comfortable in Oklahoma. They have the same kind of people and the landscape is about the same. My father went with me and he liked to down there to."

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