Ex-Panther took heat but hushed the flame throwers

Austin Roberts

Austin Roberts had plans on becoming the next great Plant Panther WR. As a sophomore, he earned his way into a starting role and began to make impact plays for Coach Weiner’s state championship offense.

After a being a key role player in Plant’s 2011 Championship run, Roberts future was slightly derailed as he and his family had to relocate to Indiana due to his father taking an NFL assistant coaching job with the Colts.

Roberts now attends Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. He has adjusted and has continued to impress. He now holds verbal offers from: Miami, Florida, Ohio State, Stanford, Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Colorado. A few new schools are showing strong interest, “Notre Dame is really starting to give me a look and NC State may offer soon,” said Roberts. Nothing set in stone, but Roberts would like to visit Notre Dame and Ohio State this spring.

As a “diaper dandy” Roberts showed flashes of stardom. Displayed toughness, strong hands, high football IQ and athleticism.  As a junior he has worked tremendously hard to get better at his craft. “I improved my run after the catch skills, and hit the weight room much harder”.  At the moment, the junior receiver is 6-2/210lbs and says, “I improved my mental skill set when it comes to identifying coverages before the play”.

For any kid leaving one state moving to another, leaving one school enrolling in another and saying good bye to one team and joining another, the adjustment can be tough. Roberts says his was not bad. “The adjustment was pretty smooth. Many would think that Indiana isn’t the best state for football but there is a good amount of talent and it is very competitive as well. Fortunately, from my experience from playing in Florida, I was able to play faster than some teams. But there were those few up here that are a little jealous of Florida ball, so I kinda did have a small amount of negative press about me. But, luckily my play quieted the haters [laughter]”.