Roberts Has Real Good Time

Gaston, N.C., offensive lineman Desmond Roberts took an official visit to Penn State this weekend. Roberts was leaning toward N.C. State going into the visit. Find out if the trip to Happy Valley had an impact on his leaderboard and what Roberts' plans are for the coming weeks.

Gaston, N.C., offensive lineman Desmond Roberts took in Happy Valley this weekend to see what Joe Paterno and Penn State had to offer. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound product of Northampton High-West had N.C. State as his leader going in to the weekend, but Penn State had yet to show what it had to offer.

“The Penn State visit went real good,” Roberts said. “I spoke with a lot of the current players to find out how things are at Penn State. I met with the dean and some academic advisors. I also met with all the coaches and we went over to the basketball game. The game was a lot of fun. The fans were shouting “come to Penn State” and shaking hands with me.”

Roberts also got a chance to meet a former Nittany Lion and NFL first round draft pick.

“I also spoke with Tamba Hali,” Roberts said. “He told me how cool Penn State was and what it was like to play football there.” Hali was and Kansas City Chiefs' teammate Larry Johnson were honored at halftime of the basketball game.

“I also talked a bit with one of the other Penn State commitments, Ako Poti,” Roberts said. “He was a pretty cool guy.”

Roberts' host for the weekend was current offensive lineman Gerald Cadogen. “Gerald took me around for my visit,” Roberts said. “He was a really nice guy, we had a lot of fun.”

Roberts also ran into a little northern weather on his trip to Penn State.

“It was snowing this morning,” Roberts said Sunday. “I don't mind the snow, it looked beautiful. I don't know if I would want to play in the snow every week, but it was cool today.”

Roberts had a little bit of time to reflect and think about where Penn State is in his school selection process.

“Right now, Penn State is right behind N.C. State,” Roberts said. “Next week the coaching staffs for both N.C. State and Penn State will be in to visit with me. Coach Paterno and Coach Bill Kenney will be in to visit me on Thursday. I am not sure when the N.C. State coaches are coming but it will be next week some time.”

Roberts has yet to decide when he will make his decision, but indicated that both the Wolfpack and Nittany Lions may be waiting on him for a few weeks.

“I am not sure when I will make my decision,” Roberts said. “I may actually wait until signing day.”

Look for more on Roberts next week as he and his family play host to both coaching staffs.


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