One to Watch: Devin Roberson

Devin Roberson

Big Spring (Tex.) prospect Devin Roberson has turned some heads with his punting ability, as the 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete is hearing from some big programs...

Big Spring (Tex.) prospect Devin Roberson plays a variety of positions on the field, but has attracted collegiate attention with his ability at punter.

"I like playing punter. I've heard a lot from colleges about playing punter, but I also like playing receiver and safety. I would like to go to college to play any of those three positions," he said.

It is that versatility on the field that Roberson believes makes him unique at the punter position.

"A lot of punters are strictly punters; they can kick the ball, but they aren't as fast or as strong. I think it helps me that I play other positions. I'm quicker than most and I can make more plays. My hang time is pretty good.

"I spend a lot of time fine-tuning with my coach, so that helps me a lot," he said.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect has received post-season accolades after both his sophomore and junior seasons and though he didn't punt quite as many times in 2012 as he had the previous season, Roberson still received All-State Honorable Mention honors.

His athleticism doesn't stop on the football field; a three-sport athlete, Roberson is currently both playing golf [he was last year's individual District champion] and running track, where he runs the 4x2 and 4x4 relays, as well as the 300m hurdles.

"I was third at regionals last year and just missed advancing to state. I'm running a better time this year, so I should be running in Austin [for the state championships in May] if I can keep it up," he said.

Roberson recently took his first trip to Baton Rouge for LSU Junior Day and really enjoyed the experience.

"It was really neat. They showed us around the campus and the stadium. Les Miles and the rest of the coaches introduced themselves and talked with us. The people there are really nice and were neat to be around," he said.

Roberson has also been invited to Junior Days at Princeton and Tulsa, and will make the trip to Stillwater for Oklahoma State Junior Day later this month.

"I'm a fan of all the schools, so I'm excited," he said.

As the summer approaches, Roberson has no plans to slow things down.

"I got invited to the Blue-Gray Combine and I plan on visiting a lot of colleges this summer. I was invited to the Texas spring game last weekend, but I had a track meet. They said they would be coming down to check me out in May," he said.

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