Hard work pays off. Trust the process. That is the takeaway Garrett Roberts has as he ended his recruitment and committed to Southern Arkansas.
He announced the commitment on Twitter last Monday (Jan.22) after taking a visit to the school Jan. 13. Being a dual-sport athlete, he also plays baseball. Now Roberts is free to focus on that sport and his academics with this decision out of the way.
— Garrett Roberts (@Garrett_Lee17) January 23, 2018
For the Brusly Panthers of Brusly, La., in his senior season, he recorded 86 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, five quarterback hurries, two caused fumbles and two recovered fumbles. In the classroom, to close 2017, he finished with a 3.8 cumulative GPA and received an ACT score of 25.
Over the period of time from beginning to end of senior year I have gained more skill on the football field, and more skill as a leader and teammate, Roberts said.
Even though the Brusly Panthers had a losing season in 2017-18, 4-6 overall and 2-5 in 3A District six play, Roberts had this to say about the way the team handled adversity.
My teammates and I suffered from lots of adversity throughout the season. But we stayed focused and worked as hard as we could.
On film, the Southern Arkansas Muleriders are getting a solid defensive end in the six-foot-four, 230 pound Garrett Roberts. He has good first step off of the line of scrimmage which allows him to shed blocks and get into the backfield and disrupt plays.
If he isn’t able to get the ball carrier in the backfield, he finds a way to the ball to get in on a tackle.
“I think I could still learn more ways to get to the quarterback on pass plays,” he said.
If there is anything Garrett Roberts would change about his recruiting process it would be the amount of exposure he got in the early part of it.
Now, he can say that he is a U.S. Army Red Bowl alum and a soon to be a member of the Southern Arkansas Mulerider football 2018 class with National Signing Day coming up Feb.7.