Peach State speedster plans to visit USC

Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA is home to one of the fastest prospects in the Peach State this year in versatile 2010 standout Bradley Roby. The 6-1, 171 pounder, who plays wide receiver, cornerback, and is a dynamic return specialist, has picked up three scholarship offers to date, including a tender from Coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks.

Bradley Roby was a relative unknown in recruiting circles not too long ago, but the electrifying Peach State product broke onto the scene when he was timed at a combine earlier this year running a 4.34 second forty yard dash. For good measure, he then showcased an impressive 40-inch vertical leap at the same event. That kind of blazing speed and athleticism in addition to his play on the football field has caught the attention of several college coaches, and he currently holds three scholarship offers with more sure to come.

Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and most recently Wake Forest have thrown their hats in the ring in pursuit of Roby's services, and other programs like Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss, and UCF are expressing strong interest as well.

South Carolina recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer extended the offer to Roby last week, which came as a pleasant surprise to the emerging Peach State prospect.

"I wasn't really expecting the offer from South Carolina because I hadn't really been talking with them, but their coach said he'd been eyeing me for about a year. He said he was impressed with my tape," said Roby. "I was happy with that offer. South Carolina is a good school and it's in the SEC. It's pretty good."

Roby is a versatile player on the gridiron who could contribute at multiple positions on the college level, but he says the Gamecocks like his speed and playmaking ability most on the offensive side of the ball.

"South Carolina wants me to play receiver, but they said if that doesn't work out they could put me at DB as well. I think I'm more fit for receiver, but a lot of people are saying I could be a good DB too," he stated. "As far as my strengths at receiver, I believe that I'm really, really aggressive. If the ball is in the air, it's mine. I really like to hit, so you'll see me on crackbacks and just hitting on corners. I'm really aggressive, and of course I have speed. I run pretty good routes, I believe. I practice a lot on that so I'm getting pretty good at it, and I can catch almost any ball."

While he has yet to visit the South Carolina campus and admittedly still has a lot to learn about the Gamecocks' football program, Roby has been impressed with what he's heard from his USC recruiter Shane Beamer.

"Coach Beamer is my recruiter. He seems like a real nice guy. When we talked, he was talking a lot about academics and stuff. He was telling me all about South Carolina, and he seems like a pretty good guy."

Wake Forest stepped forward with an offer for Roby on Monday, and although he hasn't visited the campus yet, he's impressed with the school's academic reputation and the direction of the Demon Deacons' football program.

"First of all, when you hear Wake Forest you think of academics. That's always good to have. They're a decent football team. They're on the rise, and they're getting some good players this year. It's a good place to go."

Roby recently made the trek to Nashville to check out Vanderbilt, and he came away impressed with what the Commodores have to offer. Next on the slate will be unofficial visits to both South Carolina and Wake Forest over the summer, and the talented speedster knows exactly what he'll be looking for when visiting each school.

"I already visited Vanderbilt and it was lovely. I'll probably visit South Carolina and Wake Forest this summer sometime," he noted. "I just want to see the campus and see how campus life is. I might walk up to a couple people and ask them how they like it and that kind of stuff. Then I want to see the location, like what surrounds the school. Also, the fans and whether they're into it and stuff. I'm going to look at the academics and the football facilities and stuff like that."

While he is hesitant to name any clear cut leaders since he has only visited one school, Roby admitted that one school has the slight edge for his services at this point in time.

"I'm really open to everybody, but if I had to choose today it would probably be Vanderbilt because I've already met all the coaches and I've been up there. It was nice up there, and they were the first to offer me. I felt wanted there. That's as of now, but in the coming months that can change."

Roby, who is leaning towards majoring in either medicine or engineering in college, hopes to make a final decision on his college choice before the start of his senior season.

"As of now, I really want to make a decision before my season. I don't want to feel stressed to impress scouts during the games, I just want to commit during the season so I can be totally focused on my team. We're trying to win state this year."

Speaking of his senior season, Roby reiterated that he is entering this fall with one goal in mind - to win a state championship.

"I definitely want to win state. We got to state last year even though nobody thought we could do it. In every round of the playoffs, they said we were going to lose. We got all the way to state, but we lost to Camden. I'm trying to get back there and win it this year. That's my main goal. I don't care if I score only two touchdowns the whole year. If we win state, that's all that matters."

In his junior season, Roby caught 29 passes for 500 yards and 5 touchdowns despite breaking his collarbone early in the year and not returning to form until late in the season. If he stays healthy this fall, he could emerge as one of the most dynamic and feared players in the Peach State.

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