November 28, 2010
CMU still in it for Kendrick Roberts
One of the state's top uncommitted players for the 2011 class is Flint Southwestern wide receiver Kendrick Roberts. The 6-foot-3 and 190 pound Roberts caught 40 passes for 736 yards and 6 touchdowns as a senior, but he was one of the lone bright spots for his team. Flint Southwestern would finish the season a disappointing 0-9 overall and suffer only one loss by less than 20 points.
"I mean, of course our record was real bad and not what we all expected," added Roberts. "But I thought I was able to play well personally and supply some big plays for our teams. I missed three games due to injury, but I think I helped our team compete."
With his season finished, Roberts can now turn his attention to recruiting. He holds offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Iowa and Toledo with numerous schools such as Purdue and Michigan State keeping close tabs on him. Roberts has recently visited Iowa and Purdue and is now in the process of planning the rest of his visits while still enjoying his high school life.
"I've pretty much been trying to get my visits scheduled, but it's been congested with December and all my senior stuff," said Roberts. "It's been good though, I've just been trying to keep everything open. Western Michigan is supposed to see me soon, Central Michigan is coming on Monday and Toledo later in the week. I need to visit Purdue again and then I'm heading to visit Western Michigan soon. I need to get back up to CMU soon too. I've been there a bunch but not recently."
Speaking of the Chippewas, Roberts interest in CMU was been awful quiet as of late, but the three star wide receiver insists they are still very much in the hunt for his services.
"I mean it's pretty good," said Roberts on CMU's standing with him. "They're high, I've been to campus a bunch of times and I really like the atmosphere. I would never rule them out because they were my first offer, and that means a lot."
While Central Michigan has been known for their tremendous wide receiver play in the past, this past season saw a downgrade in talent. While Cody Wilson put together a strong season, the rest of the wide receiver core was inconsistent and the CMU coaching staff will be looking for guys to step up next season. What that means is that early playing time could be available for a player as talented as Roberts, and that is definitely something he is intrigued by.
"Of course that's something I look at, but at the same time I know that playing time is earner. I know I can't just ask and expect playing time, but I do look at their roster and see the opportunity where I could play early and make an impact. But like I said, playing time is something I want to earn, I don't want it just given to me, and all I'm looking for is the opportunity."
While playing time is something he's looking at, it ranks pretty low on the list of things he is looking for in a school.
"Basically, I'm just looking for that feeling that I'm wanted," added Roberts. "I want to go somewhere where I can impact a team and I want to go somewhere that I feel comfortable. Also, I want to go somewhere that offers my career, as I think I'm looking to major in physical therapy and probably minor in biology."
Whatever school he chooses will have to wait until he takes all his visits, and Roberts indicated he is in no hurry to make a decision.
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