Smithfield’s ATH Dyrell Roberts will announce his college decision at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. The state of Virginia star, rated the #8 prospect in the state in TSL’s Pre-Summer Top 30, will make the announcement at his high school and will choose from Penn State, Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Virginia is hoping to land its first rising senior prospect from the Commonwealth, but right now it appears Penn State and Virginia Tech have the edge.
“Penn State and Virginia Tech are my top two. UVa is still in the mix,” said Roberts, who is being recruited as a wide receiver by Virginia and Virginia Tech. “I need to clear my mind and go ahead and make this decision. I need to get the jitters out. Tonight, I’m going to turn off my cell phone and turn off the home phone and make the decision. I’m ready to get it over with.”
Prior to a recent charge by Penn State, Roberts had been one of the hottest battles between the Cavs and the Hokies. He grew up rooting for Virginia Tech, but was very impressed with Virginia last summer after attending camp and preseason practice. Virginia was the first official scholarship offer for Roberts, who made unofficial visits to Charlottesville for a junior day and the Spring Game this year. Virginia Tech seemed to gain the momentum in June, however, when the talented prospect traveled to Blacksburg for the first time.
“These three schools are my finalists based on how I felt during the visits,” Roberts said. “I liked the atmospheres at all three schools. I think they all fit me. Right now, that is what I am going on. I haven’t really sat down and figured out what one school may offer that the other doesn’t.”
One of the more versatile performers in the 2008 recruiting class, Roberts saw action at running back, wide receiver, defensive back, kick returner and punt returner last season as a junior. He finished the season with 1,000 yards rushing, 22 receptions, eight interceptions and returned two punts for scores.
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