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Recruiting on the Plains: 2022 LB Ben Roberts Commits to Texas Tech

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BEN ROBERTS
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 200
Position: Linebacker
Offers: Texas Tech, Tulsa, Air Force, Army, Lamar, Navy, SMU, Utah State, Wyoming
High School: Eaton (Haslet, TX)
Video: Hudl
Commitment Date: September 13, 2020
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Texas Tech has their 8th commitment of their 2022 class in Ben Roberts from Haslet.

Inside the Red Raiders’ Jarret Johnson spoke with Roberts about his commitment:

“What made me pull the trigger is the great community, the great coaching staff and the honesty from the coaching staff,” Roberts said.

The fact Roberts has some ties to the university and has seen the campus on multiple occasions also made his decision easier for him.

“I’ve got some friends that attend Tech right now and some who are going to,” Roberts told ITRR. “I’ve been up to tech on two unofficial visits and I went to one camp.”

Roberts mainly plays safety, but it is thought that he’ll grow into a linebacker role (in reading Johnson’s article linked above) and that does make sense from an outside linebacker perspective. He seems highly instinctual and he plays really well in coverage. With the way that college football is trending, having a linebacker be able to play multiple positions and do multiple things makes sense.

The elephant in the room here is that Roberts isn’t rated by any of the services and there are links to all three services above. My guess is that the services will catch up at some point and he will get rated, but it always seems like an afterthought when it is done after the fact. For me, I’m pretty terrible at making a determination as to whether or not a player should or should not be rated or how a player should be rated. That’s a process I’ve never been able to wrap my head around completely. Roberts Hudl profile says that he runs a 4.65, which is probably accurate (a lot of profiles are not accurate) and also runs a 53 second 400m run, which is good, but obviously not sprinter speed by any means. I’m going to tell you to wait a few days to see how things settle before making a determination and then going from there.

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