HENDERSON, N.C. — Wake Forest commit Jaquarii Roberson had six receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown in a 62-8 Hertford County (N.C.) win Friday night over Southern Vance.
“He’s kind of the tone setter for us offensively, to be honest with you. Between him and our quarterback (Lance Hunter) — how they go, we go,” Hertford County coach Terrance Saxby said. “They set the tone. If you notice tonight, they paid so much attention to him, it allowed the other kids to be effective.”
The 6-foot-3 2017 wide receiver commit faced a variety of challenges from the Southern Vance defense.
“They put a corner on him and they tried to put somebody over the top of him,” Saxby said. “Even in situations like that, he’s a special talent. He made plays, and that’s what we need him to do.
“He understands that he’s going to get a lot of attention, so doing the little things is what is going to make a difference for our offense and our team in general.”
Roberson runs great routes and has great hands, but it’s also the intangibles that make his a special player, according to Saxby.
“He’s a leader off the field. He was just voted Class Vice President today. Congratulations for him on that,” he said. “But it’s those little things that matter. It’s attention to detail. It’s taking notes in film study. It’s blocking. We talk about blocking all the time, and I tell him I want to see him get some highlight plays blocking.
“He’s a special kid to have on your team, and I’m happy to have him.”
Saxby believes Wake Forest fans will fall in love with Roberson once he arrives in Winston-Salem.
“They’re getting a super kid, and one that’s going to work really, really hard on the field and in the classroom,” Saxby said. “He wants to be really good. He’s stubborn and thinks he’s open all the time. He’s an aggressive kid that always thinks they can make a difference. He’s going to make a difference in the community, in the classroom and on the field.”