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Roberts Achieves Army Bowl Goal

Carmel (Ind.) High four-star receiver and UCLA commit Austin Roberts will cap his prep career as a U.S. Army All-American.

Before he heads to UCLA, Austin Roberts will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Roberts landed in the Indianapolis area prior to his junior season after his father Alfredo Roberts took a job as an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts. Previously at Tampa (Fla.) Plant, the 6-foot-2, 211-pound Roberts saw two of his older teammates in current Florida State running back James Wilder and former Alabama quarterback and current Toledo signal-caller Phillip Ely suit up in the prestigious high school football all-star game.

“When they played, I kind of set it as a goal for me to make it to the game and now I’m there,” Roberts said.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas inside the Alamo Dome. The game will be broadcasted nationally on NBC.

“It’s definitely an honor to be part of the game, just to be out there with the top players in the nation,” Roberts said. “It’s really an honor and I can’t wait to play.

“Only the best get selected to play in the game and it’s really humbling even to just be considered. It’s another chance for me to prove myself against the top-90 players in the nation. These are guys that are going to be making plays on Saturdays and some of them will be making plays on Sundays. I can’t wait to go out there and compete and have fun for a week.”

Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 27 receiver and No. 186 prospect overall, Roberts gave his commitment to UCLA in July over offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee and USC. He visited the Bruins campus shortly after giving his pledge to Jim Mora Jr. and the staff.

“It was everything I expected and then some,” Roberts said. “A beautiful campus, Beverly Hills, Westwood, it was straight out of a movie. What really surprised me was how down to earth the coaches were. Jim Mora is a great coach and great person. It was very reassuring to know where I’m going to be at, and my parents are excited about it and I’m ready to go out there and make some noise next season.”

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