July 1, 2010

Number 13 talks commitment

The University of Houston continued the torrid pace at which they have been gaining verbal commitments from the 2011 recruiting class earlier in the week when the landed the pledge of West Orange-Stark wide receiver Mark Roberts. Roberts is the 13th member of the Cougars recruiting class and joins previous commit C.J. McElroy from Clear Creek as the second receiver in the class.

The talented wideout called and committed to the coaches Monday and took advantage of an offer he couldn't let slip away.

"Houston is a good college," said the 6-foot-3, 175 pound receiver. "I just couldn't let that scholarship get away from me."

After a recent trip to campus to attend one of Houston's summer camps, Roberts knows the program is heading in the right direction to continue success.

"Really I like Houston because they run the spread offense and they pretty much pass the ball all of the time," he said Thursday night. "They have a lot of other things going for them too like they are re-doing the stadium and stuff. I liked what I saw when I was over there for the camp and have learned from the coaches."

With the looming construction of a new stadium, it has become an obvious topic of discussion to recruits.

It's going to be pretty nice and it is going to make it easier for more people to come see the home games," said Roberts. "They are going to get the new locker room and all of that. Plus it is close to home so my family can come and see me play."

West Orange-Stark has been known over the years for turning out numerous high profile recruits to major college programs across the country including players currently on rosters at Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and others. Having players of that caliber to go against in practice each day os something Robert thinks makes the team so good.

"Really it's good to come from a school like ours because really we have good competition to go against every day in practice," he said. "Here at West Orange we have a great tradition and go against the best every day."

Houston could also be putting themselves in great position for a run next year at 2012 cornerback Justin Thomas, who would appear to be the next blue chip prospect out of one of the Golden Triangle's powerhouse programs. Thomas is the cousin of former Texas Longhorn and current Seattle Seahawk cornerback Earl Thomas and currently sits at number 19 in the Lone Star Recruiting's top 100 of 2012 rankings.

"My teammate Justin Thomas and I are real good friends," said Roberts. "He is the cornerback and in my opinion he is the best corner that I will see and go up against from any school. We are going to see what kind of offers he gets, but we would like to try and end up at the same school, so if Houston offered him you know then we would probably sit down and talk about it seriously."

Roberts was also a member of the Mustang's track team that has won consecutive 3A state track championships. He caught 32 passes for 671 yards for a 21 yards per catch average, including four touchdowns. He will also be participating with the Mustang 7-on-7 state tournament next week in College Station.

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