Pac-10 Recruits 2009 Receiver

On the first day that Jemari Roberts, the 6-2, 200-pound receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson, officially became a high school junior he received his first scholarship offer, from one of his favorite Pac-10 schools...

Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson never gets the recruiting attention of its more renowned crosstown rival, Long Beach Poly, but college coaches will definitely be making the trek across Long Beach over the next two years to watch class of 2009 receiver Jemari Roberts (6-2, 200).

The junior prospect received his first scholarship offer over the weekend and he anticipates several more schools throwing their name in the ring.

"On Saturday, I was officially a junior so Oregon offered me," said Roberts. "They saw my highlight tape and they offered. I was pretty excited. That was some good news."

Roberts said that plenty more Pac-10 schools have been showing interest, and his top five schools, in fact, are all from the Pac-10. "Oregon, Oregon State, Cal and Stanford have all been sending me letters. I went to the USC one-day camp so we've had contact," said Roberts. "My top five is Cal, Oregon, USC, UCLA and Stanford. Nationally, I like Michigan, Virginia Tech and Ohio State."

Roberts camped at Cal previously, and has unofficially visited USC and gone to the Rose Bowl for a UCLA game. It's no surprise that he prefers to stay on the West Coast, specifically in the Pac-10. "I prefer the Pac-10, actually, but I'm looking at some national schools as well," said Roberts. "I think Oregon State and Cal could possibly be the next to offer."

Roberts said while some players in his class are making early decisions, he's in no such rush to decide. Instead, he wants to experience some of the recruiting process. "I'm probably looking to take some visits first," said Roberts. "I might commit early, but I also want to learn more information about each school first. I'm looking at things like size and location, whether it's in a city or rural area. And academics are high on my list. I hold academics in a high respect."

Roberts is carrying a 3.7 GPA halfway through high school and he'll take the SAT this October for the first time to get what is called a "baseline score," a first attempt so a student-athlete knows what he has to attain to qualify.

While he grew up a USC fan, Roberts said he doesn't have a real favorite now, though his brother attends Oregon, so he's more aware of the Ducks program because of that.

Roberts said he'd like to get to 6-3, 215, by the time he leaves for school, but maintain his speed.

He runs the 100m, 200m and 4x100m for the Wilson ‘Bruins track team, yet it's been on the football field he's made his mark.

During the 2006 season, Roberts had 15 catches and six touchdowns and 500 all-purpose yards. In their opener last weekend against Inglewood, Roberts had three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown reception, as well as an 88-yard kickoff return for a score.

This weekend, Roberts and his Bruin teammates will play Los Alamitos in a non-league contest.

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