US Army Update: Austin Roberts

The four-star UCLA receiver commit from Carmel (Ind.), Austin Roberts, talked about the Army Bowl, the Bruin coaches and more...

Carmel (Ind.) receiver Austin Roberts has been around football his whole life, his father an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts.

But Roberts still gets wowed by the game and the week in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been a good one for him.

"It's definitely an honor and a blessing to be here," said Roberts. "Being around the other great players from around the nation has just been a great experience. I'm getting better, having fun and most importantly, building camaraderie with my future teammates."

Roberts committed to UCLA during the summer and is one of three Bruin verbals on the West with Jaleel Wadood and Ainuu Taua.

"Me and Jaleel have been kicking it a lot since we got here," said Roberts. "We're working on Bryce Dixon and making sure he comes to UCLA and I know Jaleel is working on Joe Mixon so it's really fun hanging out with everybody."

Roberts and Wadood have even gone against each other a couple of times in the 1-on-1's.

"When we went in the 1-on-1's, there was a little more energy between us then the other guys," said Roberts. "Fortunately, I was able to win that one but I'm sure he's going to come with more fire the next time. We'll get to do that a lot the next few years."

Roberts said that UCLA hasn't specified where at receiver they want him just yet.

"They're going to have me come in and work at both inside receiver and outside receiver," said Roberts. "They'll be plugging me in where they need me. Maybe in Shaq Evans' role, that's what they told me."

Roberts took an official visit to UCLA already in the fall, doing it the weekend of the Arizona State game.

"Jordan Payton was my host and we got along great," said Roberts. I think he's going to be a pretty good mentor for me."

Roberts said he's excited about whoever is at quarterback next year, whether it's Brett Hundley returning or Asiantii Woulard taking over.

"I have to get on the field first, but I'll be happy with either one," said Roberts.

Roberts is familiar with Woulard too.

"I actually met him when I was still living in Tampa and we played them in a 7on7 tournament and they kicked our butt," said Roberts. "He's really cool and I think he can make some noise at UCLA the next couple of years."

January will bring the UCLA coaches out to his home for an in-home visit.

"Their coming in town next month and that's when we'll do it," said Roberts. "Coach (Jim) Mora, Coach (Eric) Yarber and Coach (Noel) Mazzone."

Roberts said he can't wait to play for Yarber, who he's known for years and was a big reason he picked the Bruins.

"It's going to be a great experience with Coach Yarber," said Roberts. "I know what I'm going to get myself into. I've seen him coach before and look forward to it."

UCLA's newest addition to the staff, Kennedy Polamalu, also goes back with Roberts.

"When my dad coached in Jacksonville, he coached with Coach Polamalu so he's known me since I was a little kid," said Roberts. "There is a great sense of family at UCLA."

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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