Roberts Sees Opportunity on Latest Visit

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6-2, 190-pound Smithfield (VA) star Dyrell Roberts liked what he saw at Virginia’s spring game over the weekend, and it might not be for the reasons you think. One of the top athletes in the state of Virginia, Roberts has now visited UVa on four occasions. He plans to visit Virginia Tech for the first time this Saturday.

Roberts made the most recent trip to Charlottesville with his head coach, Chris Fraser, and teammate Antonio Akinson.

“It was good,” Roberts said of UVa’s spring game. “I had a good time. The coaches told me I would have a good chance of playing as a true freshman. I know they were only running a little bit of what they will run during the season, but it does seem like they have a need at wide receiver – no disrespect to the players already there, but I think I could compete for playing time in my first year.”

Led by head coach Al Groh, the Virginia staff continued to emphasize to Roberts how he is an important recruit for them.

“Coach Groh told me his interest in me is still real high,” Roberts said. “All of the coaches said that, with my speed and athleticism, I could come in real early and have an impact. I liked that.”

Roberts had a chance to get to know UVa’s new wide receivers coach, Wayne Lineberg, better as well.

“The new wide receivers coach is real close with my coach,” Roberts said. “In my senior season, I’m going to be the main player in our offense. My coach is drawing up packages and things to get me the ball. Coach Lineburg said that if I decide to come there then they maybe could use some of the same packages we use at Smithfield to get me the ball.”

Did the visit put Virginia ahead of the pack in terms of favorite schools? In our last update, Roberts listed Florida, Virginia and Virginia Tech as his favorites.

“It is really too early to tell since I’ve never really been anywhere except Virginia,” Roberts said. “I go to Virginia Tech this weekend, so I’ll see if they are talking about the same things Virginia is talking about.”

Roberts discussed what he will look for in his first visit to Blacksburg.