It’s been debated here, on Internet message boards and probably in various locations around the state.
Is Sheridan running back Jordan Roberts good enough to play at Wyoming, and should he be given at chance to play at Wyoming?
I talked to Roberts and his high school coach, Don Julian, Wednesday. See the story in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.
The story isn’t about lobbying for Roberts one way or the other, although I’ve enjoyed hearing your feedback on this and hope to continue to do so leading up to signing day on Feb. 1.
Roberts is scheduled to visit UW the last weekend in January.
His numbers are eye-popping: 308 carries, 2,688 yards and 38 touchdowns. He had 2,938 yards of total offense and averaged 9.1 yards every time he touched the ball.
Roberts has no FBS scholarship offers, and UW is the only FBS school he is scheduled to visit at this point. He does have two FCS scholarship offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota, where former UW coach Joe Glenn was just hired. Roberts visits those schools on consecutive weekends starting next week.
Julian is a guy I’ve known for a long time and one of the most respected coaches I’ve ever worked with. He said he’s never seen a back at the high school level cut at full speed as well as Roberts. But it’s speed that could keep most FBS schools away from Roberts. He was clocked in the 4.6-second range in the 40-yard dash at a one-day camp at UW last spring. Right or wrong, fair or unfair, that’s slow for running back standards at the FBS level. Doesn’t mean Roberts can’t play or wouldn’t do well, but in this day and age not many FBS schools would offer a scholarship to a running back with that speed.
Perhaps we (media, coaches, fans, etc.) get too caught up in stats, times, etc.? Are we in the Roberts case?
Wyoming coaches and other college coaches can’t talk about recruits to the media until they’ve signed their national letters of intent. UW has four running backs on the roster scheduled to return next season, and one running back that could enroll later his month in Evan Williams, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Iowa Western CC and Minneapolis, Minn.
That’s five running backs for UW, which is a lot. Not sure if there’s room for another. We shall see.
Williams was part of UW’s 2010 recruiting class. According to Rivals.com, Williams runs a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. That goes back to times and stats again, doesn’t it?
Hope we can discuss this more with your comments, and hope you will read tomorrow’s story.