Roberts Set for Road Playoff Game

Syracuse commit Aaron Roberts has enjoyed a strong senior season. The playoffs are coming up this week, and his De La Salle squad is hitting the road for their first round matchup. Roberts discusses that and helping the Orange recruit inside.

Syracuse commit Aaron Roberts has his senior season winding down with the playoffs starting this weekend. De La Salle Institute will travel to Crystal Lake (Ill.) to face Central High School.

"The team, we've had some injuries so we went on a little bit of a losing streak," Roberts said. "We have to get back to dominating. So now we've just got to finish strong. It's going to be a challenge and I know it'll be a hostile crowd. We've just got to go in there and stick together as a team and play hard.

"I think we can run the ball on this team. They have good linebackers but their d-line isn't that good. We should be able to run the ball at them. We have a good o-line so we've just got to play smash mouth football."

Roberts teams up with Jamarco Jones along the offensive lines to form one of the best offensive lines in the state of Illinois.

"It's a good feeling knowing that he's going to handle his business every play," Roberts said. "I know I'm going to handle mine. But if we don't, we know we can count on each other. We can lift each other up. So it's a good feeling knowing we can dominate together until we go to college."

Before verbally committing to the Orange, Roberts was being pursued by Big-12 power Oklahoma. Since his decision, the Sooners have backed off. However, a new school has popped up.

"Oklahoma kind of backed off," Roberts said. "USF (South Florida) actually offered yesterday. But most schools have backed off besides USF. I'm grateful for the offer, but I don't want to go there. I'm signing with Syracuse."

Not looking at other schools, Roberts wants to get back to the Syracuse campus before signing day.

"I'm going to get up there for a basketball game hopefully," Roberts said. "Hopefully I can make it to one of the big games like North Carolina or Duke or something like that."

While Roberts has not been as vocal as A.J. Long in helping Syracuse recruit other prospects, he has spoken to one to try to add him to the 2014 class.

"I tweeted Nile Sykes a couple of times," Roberts said. "I told him I want him to join the family and stuff. I haven't really talked to any other guys. They don't have twitter accounts so it's hard to get in touch with them. I tweeted Nile Sykes though.

"He just said he's going to take a visit so hopefully he joins the family."

Another prospect on Roberts' radar is James McHale. The Temple commit has told Roberts he is keeping his options open.

"Yeah I talked to him once," Roberts said. "I talked to him about joining the family. Stuff like that. He said he was going to keep his options open and think about it. But I didn't want to brush on his commitment or anything so I didn't push it. But hopefully he comes too."

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