Desmond Roberts was a hot commodity earlier on in the recruiting process, that is until he made a verbal commitment to N.C. State in late August. Roberts is once again a hot commodity, as he has decided to take a closer look at other programs – three others, to be exact – before he signs a letter of intent. He maintains his commitment to N.C. State, but he is certainly open.
“I’m still committed to N.C. State right now. I am looking around, though,” said Roberts, who decided to give other schools a look once Chuck Amato was dismissed from N.C. State. “Coach [Tom] O’Brien seems like a pretty decent guy. I’m going there on January 12th for my official visit. I’ll get a chance to meet him in person and see what’s going on up there.”
The other programs in the mix include North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
“I have set official visits to Virginia Tech, Penn State and North Carolina. I think they are in that order,” Roberts said. “I know Carolina is last.”
The 6-5, 265-pound Northampton West (Gaston, N.C.) standout offensive lineman talked about the possibility of him solidifying his commitment with N.C. State following the official visit.
“That’s hard to say,” Roberts said. “It will be my first time meeting [Coach O’Brien]. I don’t know if it would go that well to where I would solidify my decision. I hope it would, but I just don’t know. I know he wants me to be at N.C. State. I’ve talked to him over the phone.”
Virginia Tech was one of the top schools in contention for Roberts until the Hokies filled up there designated spots for offensive linemen. Since then, Sumter’s (S.C.) Kyle Nunn decommitted and Virginia Tech now has a spot.
“When I was recruited the first time, it was between N.C. State and Virginia Tech before I committed,” Roberts said. He visited Virginia Tech for the spring game earlier this year. “It was a tight race. I have family up there in Blacksburg (Aunt is a Professor at Virginia Tech) and I have family in Raleigh. The facilities were great at both schools. Both places had good coaches, but I felt more at home at N.C. State. And one of the reasons I went ahead and committed to N.C. State was because Virginia Tech had filled up their spots for offensive linemen. Now, they say they have a spot available.”
Roberts, a center for his high school team, recently competed in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl. He played center and was the snapper on field goals in North Carolina’s...
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