Cabell Midland cornerback commits to Wake Forest

ONA, W.Va. — Turned out the fourth time was the charm for J.J. Roberts.

Roberts, a cornerback at Cabell Midland High School, took his fourth visit to Wake Forest last weekend. After returning home and pondering over other offers, Roberts committed to the Demon Deacons on Monday.

“I had a good talk with [head] coach [Dave] Clawson at the end of the visit and I went home, thought about it and slept on it. I woke up that next day and made my decision.

“Everybody was super friendly and super nice. All the coaches seemed to love me and I felt like it’s a perfect fit for me.”

Roberts (5-11, 175) remains unsure how Wake Forest discovered him, though he said his first contact was with graduate assistant Trevor Mendelson, who invited him to come on campus in the winter.

He also had a good showing at Ohio’s Version of The Opening, where he was listed among the top performers at the camp held on March 31.

Roberts, rated a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, has been a big part of the Knights’ defense the last two seasons. Over that time, he’s totaled 109 tackles and six interceptions.

He also held offers from Rutgers, Miami Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Army, Air Force, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State and Liberty.

“I had planned on visiting Liberty, but now that I’m committed, I’m not going to anymore,” Roberts said.

Instead, he will work on fine-tuning his game ahead of his senior season.

“I’ve been doing a lot of speed training and agility work,” Roberts said. “I’m lifting and just trying to get better overall in the offseason.” 

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