Smithfield’s Roberts a Top Talent

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Dyrell Roberts showed off his talents in his sophomore season at Smithfield High School (VA), rushing for 1,300 yards on the year. The 6-2, 190-pound prospect, now a junior, kept up his success the following summer at the University of Virginia’s camp, where he impressed and has ended up earning a scholarship offer as result.

“He only went to one camp last summer and that was to UVa. It was really just the luck of the draw because he only went because I was working the camp,” Smithfield head coach Chris Fraser said. “They got to see him in person, which is important. The [former] wide receivers coach, Coach Garrett, was supervising the drills and said Dyrell basically stood out. Dyrell was in the same group with Kris Burd. After the first morning practice, Coach Garrett came up to me and asked who the kid in the gold helmet was…I laughed because I knew he was talking about my kid. They liked him immediately, and Coach Price has been on him pretty good since the summer.”

Roberts has received a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia. That is his only offer at this time, however other schools are certainly in the picture.

“[Virginia Tech] Coach [Jim] Cavanaugh has been through here,” Fraser said. “Both Coach Al Groh and Coach Frank Beamer have been here in the last three weeks. Virginia has most actively pursued him, but Virginia had that first opportunity to see him in person last summer. Tech has seen film on him. They have talked to other coaches about him, but UVa got to see him in their own setting. That’s why they are probably a little ahead of the game in his recruiting process.”

In addition to Virginia and Virginia Tech, Roberts has drawn interest from Connecticut, Colorado and, most recently, the University of Florida. Florida assistant Billy Gonzales called Fraser last week to express initial interest.

Roberts is a gifted athlete who has demonstrated excellent versatility in his varsity football career. As a junior this past season, he earned first-team all-region honors at running back and defensive back. He was named second-team all-state at defensive back by the AP.

“Rushing, he had 118 carries for right at 1,000 yards,” Fraser

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