Coming off a solid junior season this past fall, Tatum 2015 receiver Deyanta Roberson has caught the attention of college programs.
The 6-foot-1, 174-pound Roberson still needs his first offer, but has a number of programs showing interest, including Mississippi State, Memphis, Texas State, Oregon, and UCLA, plus Bucknell at the FCS level.
Roberson competed at the Houston Nike Football Training Camp at Kinkaid High School this past Sunday and felt confident that he performed well.
"I need to work on my footwork just a little bit, but I went off in the 1-on-1 drills and 7-on-7," Roberson said. "Then they moved me over there to the group of wide receivers that already have offers."
Of the aforementioned programs, Roberson said Mississippi State, Memphis, and Bucknell have shown him the most interest. Roberson attended a Texas State junior day and had invitations to Mississippi State and Memphis junior days, but had to compete for Tatum's perennially powerful track team at a couple of different meets. Roberson runs the 400-meter dash, the sprint relay, and the mile relay.
Roberson caught 28 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, leading Tatum in all three categories. Roberson possesses a big frame that has plenty of room to add positive weight, which should help him become even more physical than he already is. His long speed makes him a legitimate deep threat.
Roberson said he's working on multiple aspects of his game during the spring to prepare himself for a big senior year this fall.
"Just getting better with my footwork," Roberson said. "Getting stronger and faster and more explosive."
Roberson said conference affiliation and distance from home do not matter in his search for a college home.
"I just want to go somewhere I feel comfortable and they make me feel like I'm at home and family."
Roberson comes from a high school program with a long-standing tradition of producing college players, including a few who have played in the NFL, such as fullback Larry Centers (Stephen F. Austin State), linebacker Travian Smith (Oklahoma), safety/linebacker Stephen Hodge (TCU), and current Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (Tennessee).
Jalen Overstreet, who will be a third-year sophomore running back at Texas this fall, is another Tatum graduate.