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6-2, 190-pound Smithfield star running back Dyrell Roberts has the potential to burst onto the recruiting scene. He already holds scholarship offers from the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech and has received very serious interest from a number of others, including Florida. Roberts, who is excited about his offers and the interest from other programs, took some time to talk recruiting.

Asked if he had a particular favorite growing up, Roberts replied, “Growing up, because one of my idols was Mike Vick, I was always leaning towards Virginia Tech and hoping they would win. As time went on, I fell in love with Reggie Bush so I wasn’t really thinking about the in-state schools. I was more leaning towards Virginia Tech, though, because of the Vicks and their talent. That’s why I wear number seven.”

UVa has certainly tried to make its own impression over the past year, as Roberts has visited Charlottesville on three occasions – once for camp, once for preseason practice last August and once this past weekend for junior day.

“I like it up there,” Roberts said of Virginia. “It’s a cool atmosphere. The players seem cool. “I talked to Coach [Al] Groh and he was telling me I could have a big part of the team’s success early on in my career. I’m not used to sitting the bench, so playing time is one of the things I’m looking at. He was telling me what he saw on tape – that I can play multiple things. I’m not just a running back or a receiver. UVa was talking about giving me the opportunity to line up at different spots and that’s what I want to do. Virginia Tech was also telling me they approve me for four spots.”

Roberts reflected on what he was able to do at the junior day that he did not do on previous visits.

“This time, I had a chance to talk to some of the players there. I talked to Keith Payne, their quarterback, Chris Long, some linebackers and other recruits there. There was a whole lot of people up there,” Roberts said. “I met every single coach on the staff. I talked to Coach Groh more. He was telling me what he saw in me and why I’m one
of their highest prospects.”

Roberts’ next visit will be to Virginia Tech for its spring game.

“I’m going to Virginia Tech’s spring game.

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