Roberts Has Size, Early BCS Interest

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Northville (Mich.) has a 6'7, 230-pound rising junior tight end in Ryan Roberts who is already hearing from a few programs.

Something must be in the water in Northville, as Northville High has several big, talented prospects on the team this year. One of them is Ryan Roberts, a two-sport standout (basketball and football), whose 6'7, 230-pound frame is going to attract a lot of college coaches.

Last year was his first season with the varsity and he feels this year will be even better.

"I did get to start all nine games of our season last year. I think I did well, but I feel like I have so much more to give and a lot of room to improve. The sky's the limit for me."

While Roberts is just beginning to emerge onto the radar, he has heard from a handful of programs.

"I've had contact with Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.), and Nebraska," he said.

Another program interested is Michigan State, who he visited for a practice last weekend.

"I really liked it. I had a good time. I got to see a lot of what it's about and how Michigan State is run."

An honorable mention at tight end last year, Roberts says he will be playing outside linebacker as well this year, and after playing top competition on the court this summer, he is now ready to raise his game on the gridiron.

"I feel really good. I feel like playing AAU with the Michigan Mustangs fueled my competitive nature even more. Now I just have have to go out and dominate, prove I've learned from last year and adjusted."

It is likely Roberts will receive attention in both sports and may have to make a decision as to which he will pursue in college.

"I feel like it's going to be what happens over the next few years and what I feel is right for me at the time. It's also going to be who I feel comfortable with and who feels like a family to me in college, that will play into what sport I play, but I'm split right now."

With that in mind, Northville and Roberts are ready to kick off their season in just about a week and he knows what college coaches will want to see.

"They want to see me dominate. I think I have the build most coaches are looking for, now I just have to go out and play my best."

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