CARMEL, Ind. -- Six games into his first season at Carmel (Ind.), Austin Roberts admits the players in Indiana are not as fleet-footed as they are in Florida. But Indiana makes up for it in other aspects.
“Obviously it’s not as fast as Florida, but it’s just as competitive,” the 2014 receiver said. “Making up for the speed, the guys are bigger (in Indiana) so when they do catch you it’s not a great feeling.”
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Roberts moved to the Indianapolis suburb in June when his father took a job with the Indianapolis Colts as the tight ends coach. Roberts was previously at Tampa Plant.
Although a tight ends coach for the Colts, Alfredo Roberts coached receivers in college and gives his son pointers from time to time.
“I’ll be going over some film and seeing what he sees as a coach and it helps me interpret film and study,” Roberts said.
Roberts said his dad doesn’t try to coach him up too much so as to not take anything away from the Carmel coaches. He is in the stands on Friday nights, though, and lets Roberts know if he is upset with the effort.
“When he sees me dragging on the field, he’ll be in the stands and he’ll let me know in front of everyone,” Roberts said.
Already with several national offers, Roberts started hearing from several more schools beginning Sept. 1. Alabama, Michigan State and Wisconsin have all sent him multiple letters.
Roberts is not paying much attention to it yet, though. Aside from a trip to Iowa for the Penn State game with Iowa commit and teammate John Kenny, Roberts has put his future on the backburner.
“I’m just trying to focus on the season,” he said.