Verbal View: Analyzing the Commitment of WR Reggie Roberson to West Virginia

West Virginia landed another player for a position of wide-ranging need on Monday evening when Reggie Roberson committed to the Mountaineer program.

WHAT TO LIKE

West Virginia needed more receivers, and it got a versatile one in the form of Reggie Roberson. The Texas passcatcher played in the slot for much of his junior season, and displayed many of the skills that fit into a Division I spread offense. He showed good routes and space sense in running several different types of screen passes, and allows his blockers to set well before making his read and getting upfield. He catches the ball on the move both running toward and sliding away from the quarterback -- a skill that can be difficult to master. He also sets up deep routes well by faking those screen looks, then hitting top gear to get behind defenders who cheat up.

While Roberson stands an even six feet, that's bigger than many West Virginia slot receivers of recent years. If he stays inside, that gives Mountaineer quarterbacks an easier target to hit -- or at least get the ball close too. Often, that's good enough, as Roberson finds the ball early and makes good adjustments once its thrown. He does not wait for the ball to get to him, but instead goes to attack it -- something that has been a problem for many Mountaineer passcatchers. There's a difference in doing that against the better coverage of college than in high school, obviously, but Roberson consistently showed that ability throughout his prep career.

POSSIBLE CONCERNS

Roberson isn't a burner, and doesn't have the fast twitch moves of some receivers. However, he often caught the ball in traffic and maneuvered his way past and around potential tacklers for scores. Was that just a function of the competition, or can he bring that ability to WVU? Raw speed is certainly a nice trait, but some receivers and ball carriers have the knack of finding the path to the most yardage -- and that seems to be in his arsenal.

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Roberson will be a bit behind most of the other wide receivers in the class, as many are already enrolled at West Virginia for the spring semester. That's no knock on his ability, but it will mean that he'll have to work hard, and impress ealry in the fall, in order to get the chance to catch the coaches' eyes as a true freshman.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Roberson plays for one of the more prolific high school programs in the private schools ranks in the state of Texas. He put up respectable numbers in the Horn Falcons' offense, scoring 11 times. He lined up exclusively in the slot and showed that he has the ability to take an underneath pass and turn it into a home run play. He has good size and length and even though he spent the 2015 season as a slot receive he could get a look to play some outside as he shows the ability to track and high point the football.

With 60 catches for 1,060 yards and 11 scores, supplemented by 800 return yards for two additional TDs, Roberson brings the sort of productivity that West Virginia must have to bolster its passing game. While the Mountaineers do have a big receiving class coming in, there is plenty of room for those who can put up numbers, and not just hold a spot down on the field.

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