Wide receiver Austin Roberts of Carmel (Ind.) High left Ohio State's spring game on Saturday feeling…
Roberts returns to familiar territory
Wide receiver Austin Roberts of Carmel (Ind.) High, who attended Plant in Tampa (Fla.) for the first two years of high school, returned to familiar territory during his spring break when he visited Florida and Miami. The first stop for Roberts was seeing the Gators, and he was impressed. "It went really well, and I got to see a lot of campus," Roberts said. "The last time I was at Florida was for their spring game last summer, and that was a pretty football-exclusive event. My cousin goes to Florida, and she gave me a tour of the Communications program, which is what I'm hoping to major in. I also got to talk with the lady in charge of the Honors college." Roberts said he had productive conversations with the coaching staff. "[Tight ends coach] (Derek) Lewis and [head coach] (Will) Muschamp said they see me as H-back type wide receiver in their offense," Roberts said. "They said they'd love to have me come back for camp this summer so they can coach me in person. It was nice to talk with them face-to-face and not just over the phone." Roberts then headed further south to see the U, where his father played during 1983-1987 and won two national championships. "The Miami visit was great," Roberts said. "Last time I was there was during the summer, and no one was on campus and everybody was at the beach. This time, I got to see all the students and it was a really active campus. I got to hang out with my old teammate at Plant, [Miami defensive back] Tony Crawford." "The coaching staff told me the same thing as Florida in terms of where they see my playing as an H-back," he said. "I'll be listed as tight end, but I'll mostly be used on the outside as a wide receiver or H-back." Roberts said his dad also enjoyed the visit to Miami, but in the end, the decision is all Austin's. "Of course my dad really likes Miami, and he would love to see me as a Hurricane, but he's not pressuring my decision or anything," Roberts said. Also during his trip to the Sunshine state, Roberts was offered by Tennessee. "The Tennessee offer was a little out of the blue," Roberts said. "I wasn't really expecting it. I know they are very traditional and are a very big football school. They've had a couple of down years, but they're recruiting elite talent right now and they're putting players in the NFL. I'll have to figure out if I can down there for a visit this summer." The 6-foot-2, 196-pound wide receiver is still keeping his options on the table. "Still no favorites," Roberts said. "It might happen this spring or summer but I'm not really sure." Roberts said a trip to Ohio State this upcoming weekend is possible, but it's not a guarantee. Roberts is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 27 wide receiver in 2014.
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