Despite a senior season that saw him tally 60 tackles, four sacks and an interception, few people outside the state of Florida had ever heard of CB Tyller Roberts from Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. However, that all changed when Roberts put together a stellar showing at the California-Florida Bowl held in Miami earlier this month. In the contest, Roberts showed great cover skills and capped the game off with two impressive interceptions. The senior defensive back recently told Pack Pride his effort turned quite a few heads.
"That game was really big for me and opened a lot of eyes," said Roberts. "There were a lot of different coaches there and all of them were trying to get on me after that game."
At 6-1, 190 pounds, Roberts boasts 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Fortunately for NC State, the Pack, led by defensive line coach Todd Stroud, made early inroads with Roberts and secured an official visit with prior to the onslaught of recruiting attention. He talked about his official visit to Raleigh this past weekend.
"The visit to State went great," he said. "I was hosted by Lerue Rumph and we got to go to the dorms and really just see how a day in the life of a football player up there goes. The thing that really stands out for State, though, is the coaching staff. Coach Amato is great and I don't think I've ever met a man that wants to win so bad."
The Pack formally offered Roberts a scholarship while on his trip but the biggest hurdle facing the Wolfpack may be just getting him out of the state of Florida. An admitted homebody, Roberts has already visited South Florida and has an important trip to Florida lined up for this weekend. Charlie Strong is recruiting Roberts for the Gators and Florida looks like it may be tough to beat.
"I kind of want to stay close to home but if there's a better situation for me out of state, then that's what I'll do," said Roberts. "I'd say right now it's about 50-50 on what I'm going to do (stay at home or go out of state). I plan to make my decision after my visit to Florida."