At 6-foot-11 and 334 pounds, Trevor Roberson from Wellington (Texas) dwarfs other high school football players, and he’s only a sophomore.
Barely old enough to drive, Roberson could pass for a college player in terms of size. Had he attended the NFL Scouting Combine this year, he would’ve been the tallest offensive lineman by four inches and right behind Arkansas’ Denver Kirkland, who weighs 335.
With three more years of varsity football experience, expect him to grow into his body and Wellington coach Wade Williams knows he’s yet to unleash his full potential.
“Trevor did a great job for us as a freshman on the offensive line,” said Williams. “Last season he didn’t play much defense because we didn’t feel he was at the level of playing on both sides of the ball.”
Entering a new season and Roberson is finding himself rarely leaving the field. Shucking off blocks left and right in Friday night’s 26-21 opening win against Childress, Roberson had five pancake blocks, three cut downs and one forced fumble.
Roberson’s reaction time on the line has improved since last year and he’s used time in the weight room to get stronger.
Williams said the Rockets have a tough defense and adding Roberson to that side of the ball is a plus.
“Trevor has a great defensive instinct and we believe he will do great things for us on that side of the ball,” Williams said.
One of the shortest kids in his class heading into middle school, Roberson hit a growth spurt that quickly put him head and shoulders above everyone in the school — including his teachers and coaches.
Watching Williams guide the Rockets to a state championship in 2013, Roberson fell in love with the game.
“I love football more than anything,” he said. “I love the feeling of walking on the field and being able to carry on the legacy left by all the guys who’ve played before you.”
As a freshman, Roberson amassed 30 pancake blocks and could likely double that number this year. He had 11 tackles on defense in limited playing time.
It didn’t take long for word to spread about the Rockets’ big man up front and Roberson would like nothing more than for his mailbox to begin filling up with letters from colleges.
“I definitely feel I was given this size and passion to play the game of football for a reason,” he said.
Roberson will no doubt be on the radar of several colleges beginning this year. After all, you can’t teach size. A deep playoff run by the Rockets, which is expected, will only add to If the Rockets make a deep playoff run in 2016, which they are expected to do, Roberson will garner more attention.
“I’m going to focus on doing what it takes to play at the next level and on Sundays,” he said. “That’s my ultimate goal.”
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