July 13, 2010
Flint Southwestern WR Kendrick Roberts is a rising prospect
One name who has been flying way under the radar in the state of Michigan is Flint Southwestern wide receiver Kendrick Roberts. But once he sent his highlight tape out and hit the camp circuit, everyone began to notice the 6-foot-3 and 180 pound wideout.
"I mean, I'm a big wide receiver and I have some speed," added Roberts. "The last forty I ran was a 4.44 and I ran the 200m in 21.27. I'm fast and I have great hands. I rarely drop any passes and I have the ability to go up and make plays."
With his size and speed combination, numerous schools have been on him and he had a chance to showcase some of his abilities at Michigan State's camp on Monday, despite being a little rusty.
"I was coming off a hamstring injury from track season and it was my first time really testing it out. I made a few plays and their head coach (Mark Dantonio) came up to me during camp and talked to me for a bit. I also talked to Coach Barnett who I've known for awhile, and they just said they would let me know in the next few weeks about an offer, so we'll see what happens."
While Michigan State has yet to offer, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo have. The Chippewas in particular have been in on Roberts for months now and he has had a chance to become more familiar with the program after taking a visit to the campus.
"I know they have had a winning program recently," added Roberts. "I actually just talked to their head coach (Dan Enos) yesterday and I also talked to my main recruiter in Coach (Terry Samuels). I had a chance to visit during their last camp, on June 25th I think, and I really liked the campus and everything."
And as of now, Central Michigan is one of Roberts's top schools.
"Yeah, they sit pretty high with me. I'm looking at them and Western Michigan. I like them both and their probably my top schools right now."
And as previously mentioned, Roberts is very familiar with another Flint product in Flint Northern running back Thomas Rawls. The two have developed a friendly relationship with each other and they represent the resurrection of Flint athletes after a few down years.
"Me and him are cool," added Roberts. "I text him once in awhile and we have talked about the possibility of playing with each other. It would be nice to go to a school with someone I'm familiar with, but nothing has been set in stone or anything. And in a way, we have put Flint back on the map a bit after a few down years, so it's nice to have some athletes coming out of Flint again."
Roberts mentioned a decision is unlikely until after his season, but the Chippewas program does meet many of the things he is looking for in a school.
"The first thing I want to know about a school is do they have my career," said Roberts. "I want to go into physical therapy and I want to go to a school that offers that program. Then I'm looking at what type of formations do they run? Do they involve the wide receiver? Are they a place known for producing wide receivers? And then I just want to go to a place where I feel comfortable and a place that feels right. I didn't grow up rooting for any school, and I'm considering anyone. As long as I have the opportunity to get a scholarship, I'm happy."
Roberts is one of the fastest rising names in the state of Michigan and has proven on and off the field that he is one of the top receiving threats in the state. He also boasts a 36 inch vertical jump and a 3.0 GPA in addition to tallying over 1,000 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns last year.
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