Roberts Sets Decision Day

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6-2, 190-pound Smithfield (VA) star Dyrell Roberts has sparked one of the most competitive in-state recruiting battles of the 2008 class. Roberts, who is being recruited as a wide receiver by Virginia and Virginia Tech, has set a timetable for his college decision. And it will happen later this month.

“On July 31st, I’m supposed to be having a press conference at my school,” Roberts said. “I’m trying to do something like that. I just have to get it all put together. One way or the other, I plan to tell everybody on the 31st. If it is not by press conference, I will just tell the coaches and I guess the word will travel fast.”

The talented athlete, a second-team all-state performer at defensive back last season as a junior, has a solid top 3 schools. Though he says he has an “idea” of which school he may choose, Roberts declined to name a favorite among the three.

“My top 3 would be Virginia Tech, Penn State and UVa,” said Roberts, who did not rule out other schools as well.

Of the top three schools, only Penn State has not extended a scholarship offer.

“They want me to visit first. They want to see me face to face to give me an offer,” Roberts said of Penn State. “I don’t know if I am going to go.”

Roberts discussed what he likes the most about Virginia Tech and Virginia. He has visited Virginia several times, with the most recent trip being for the Spring Game. He visited Virginia Tech last month for camp.

“I like Tech a lot,” Roberts said. “When I went there, they broke the depth chart down. They have four starting receivers leaving. It couldn’t be a better opportunity for me, really. I could be an electrifying guy for them in my first year. They also want me to play special teams. They are talking about me playing my first year and I can see they are telling the truth. If I came in and worked hard, I could contribute.

“Virginia has said the same thing. They let me see the roster. They told me they want me to play wide receiver and I’d have a good chance to play as a freshman. They have been showing a lot of interest and everything. They let me know what they think about me as a player. Virginia wants me to come down before I decide. Right now, I’ll have

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