Can't Teach Size

Carl Roberts may still be young, but he is anything but little. The offensive lineman, who is heading into his senior season at Glenville High in Cleveland, measured in at 6-foot-2.5 and 355 pounds at the SportsWeave All-American Football Skills Academy in Morgantown, W.Va., last weekend.

There is plenty of work for Roberts to do to turn a lot of that mass into "good weight." But the old adage that coaches can't teach size certainly applies to the big O-lineman.

And it certainly doesn't hurt that he comes from one of the more respected high school programs in all of Ohio and is coached by Ted Ginn, Sr.

While the home-state Buckeyes haven't been in contact with Roberts just yet, several other midwestern schools have -- including Ohio State's biggest rival.

"I've talked to Michigan, Illinois, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Bowling Green and a couple other schools I can't remember right now," said the member of the class of 2011.

None of those schools have pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer for Roberts just yet, which makes this summer of camps and similar events all that much more important for him as he tries to impress as many people as possible.

"I feel like it's going to give me a better chance," he said just before starting combine-style testing at the SportsWeave event. "College coaches will be able to see me more, and I can prove how good I am."

But there is only so much Roberts can do to control the recruitment process. He said he hasn't prioritized a list of top schools just yet, largely because there is still work to be done on the field and in the weight room.

"I'm still looking at all my possibilities and whatever comes up that is best (is what I'll do)," said Roberts.

"I just want to get stronger and faster, go all-out and have fun. I'm looking forward to it all. It's a great experience. I love it and my family loves it."


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