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Ohio State offers TE-WR with a pedigree

8/26/2012

Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) already has offers from Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Purdue and Stanford.

On Sunday, Roberts picked up another big one when Ohio State offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 195-pound tight end/wide receiver from the class of 2014.

“When I saw Ohio State for Friday Night Lights, it really gave me a great impression of how everything was,” Roberts said. “It’s amazing. These offers are gargantuan. For them to offer me, it’s extremely exciting.”

Roberts wasn’t sure whether or not he was going to be offered a scholarship, but when he touched base with the Buckeyes and found out they wanted him, it made for a great day.

If he were to play right now, he’d be a wide receiver. But if he fills out as expected, Roberts will be a tight end. Either way, he expects to be a force.

“They’re getting an unfinished product,” Roberts said. “A hard-working kid that they wouldn’t have to worry about when it comes to grades or anything like that. They’re getting someone that enjoys blocking. I’ll make the big catches, too.”

As a sophomore, Roberts registered 14 catches for 295 yards and scored three touchdowns for Carmel.

Roberts is the son of Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. His father was a member of two national championship teams with the Miami Hurricanes and a part of two Super Bowl championship teams with the Dallas Cowboys.