Reedley LB is a tackling machine

Reedley was loaded with talented prospects on the defensive side of the ball this year and leading the way was LB Brandon Roberts (6-2, 240) who led the Tigers in tackles the past two years. Two FCS programs have stepped up with offers, but the man who has racked up over 180 tackles in his career wants to wait on some D-1 programs who are sniffing around...

Roberts was a heavily recruited athlete out of Winter Haven High School in Florida, but he was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship.

"Everyone told me, in order to play the best JUCO ball, I needed to go to California and Reedley has a great rep for putting guys into D-1 schools," Roberts told "I got out here and I just got into working out and playing ball and going to school, so it got me re-focused and I've had a couple good years."

Good is a bit of an understatement.

Over the past two years, Roberts has posted 181 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles while receiving All-Conference honors both seasons for his efforts.

"I anticipate well," Roberts said. "I can run well (4.7) and when I diagnose the play, I can get there in a hurry to make the tackle.

"It's something I take pride in, but it helps when you have the talent around you that I had."

Two FCS schools -- Alabama State and Central Arkansas -- have both stepped up with offers, but some FBS programs have also begun to pick up the interest.

"I know there are a couple out there right now that are looking at me," Roberts said. "My high school coaches actually just sent me film to Arizona so I'm hoping to hear something from them in the next week or so.

"I can play inside or outside, but I think I do better inside because of my ability to read and react to things. I also shed well, so it's a position I feel comfortable playing."

Roberts is on pace to graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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