CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami’s top ranked Class of 2020 has gotten a little bit stronger. The Hurricanes added another local prospect the group, landing a commitment from Elijah Roberts on Saturday after the 3-star weakside defensive end participated in a Mark Richt Football Camp in Coral Gables.
Roberts, whose commitment comes on his mother’s birthday, announced his decision on Twitter after visiting for the second time in a week.
— Elijah Roberts😈🔥 (@E1ijahRoberts) June 9, 2018
The Hurricanes landed Roberts after a relatively brief courtship. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end from Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School only added an offer from the Hurricanes on March 31, when he attended an underclassman day. Miami immediately vaulted to the top of the defensive lineman’s list.
Roberts returned to campus June 3 for the second Mark Richt Camp, but he didn’t compete. Instead, he observed and mingled with coaches, who clearly made him a priority throughout the day. The Hurricanes lead only grew.
On Saturday, Roberts returned to the camp to participate in lineman drills. Defensive line coach Jess Simpson gave Roberts some 1-on-1 instruction as the rest of the linemen dispersed. Outside linebackers coach Jonathan Patke then spent a while talking with the local prospect. Roberts stuck around for the afternoon and eventually gave his commitment to the coaching staff.
Roberts becomes the seventh member of Miami’s 2020 class, the fourth defensive lineman and the third defensive end, although he’s the first who seems a sure thing to stick as a defensive end. Samuel Anaele, a 4-star strongside defensive end from Doral Academy, and Tre’von Riggins, a 3-star strongside defensive end from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., could both move inside to join 4-star defensive tackle Willie Moise from Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.). Roberts, whom 247Sports.com ranks as the No. 45 player in Florida for the 2020 cycle, looks like a more traditional defensive end.
Roberts’ commitment also strengthens the Hurricanes’ stranglehold on Miami-Dade County for 2020. Four of the Hurricanes’ seven commitments in this class hail from Dade County. Roberts joins Anaele, 4-star cornerback Henry Gray (Hollywood, Fla.) and 4-star athlete Marc Britt (Hialeah, Fla.).