Denver South lineman Terriek Roberts is expected to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 3 to play at Colorado,
Denver South lineman Terriek Roberts is expected to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 3 to play at Colorado, (Cyrus McCrimmon / The Denver Post)

CU football recruiting

A look at Colorado's 2016 football recruiting class as of Friday. National signing day is Feb. 3:


WR — Kabion Ento, 6-3, 180 (Decatur, Miss./East Central C.C.)

Verbal commits

ATH — Ronnie Blackmon, 5-10, 174 (Atlanta.)

WR — Johnny Huntley, 6-3, 190 (Plantation, Fla.)

LB — Akil Jones, 6-1, 213 (San Jose, Calif.)

ATH — Anthony Julmisse, 6-0, 180 (Plantation, Fla.)

OL — Chance Lytle, 6-7, 291 (San Antonio)

QB — Sam Noyer, 6-3, 193 (Beaverton, Ore.)

WR — Derrion Rakestraw, 6-3, 175 (Woodstock, Ga.)

OL — Terriek Roberts, 6-6, 255 (Denver)

ATH — Patrick Taylor Jr., 6-3, 211 (Humble, Tex.)

ATH — Trey Udoffia, 6-0, 175 (Loomis, Calif.)

OL — Hunter Vaughn, 6-8, 260 (Parker)

There are a lot of athletes who come into college and feel they can dominate right away. The thought of redshirting almost hurts.

Terriek Roberts, on the other hand, has every intention of sitting back and waiting for his time.

"If the coaches want me to play early and they feel like I can, I will," said Roberts, a senior at Denver South High School who is expected to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 3 to play at Colorado, "but my plan is to redshirt. The redshirt year is very important because you get the speed of the game, you get bigger, stronger, faster, and you get a whole year to figure out where you want to be."


For Roberts, that last part is key, because right now he's not exactly sure where he wants to play.

A 6-foot-6, 255-pound lineman, the two-star recruit was originally viewed as an offensive tackle. Then he gave the defensive side of the ball a shot.

"(South coach Tony Lindsay) put me in on defense this year and I was playing both ways during this whole season and I kind of like defense more than I do offense," Roberts said. "I started liking it more."

Roberts, who had three sacks this season, played offense and defense during a camp over the summer and said CU coaches liked what they saw as he played defensive end.

"When we did one on ones, I played defense and I was beating pretty much everybody," he said. "That's when they were like, 'Yeah you seem a lot more comfortable on the defense end.' "

At this point, Roberts said his position could be up to his body. He has lost 10 pounds since the end of the high school season, when he played at 265 pounds. To play end, he said he needs to get faster and stronger, but to play offensive line, he would need to get much bigger and stronger.

"If I can gain enough weight to play tackle, why not?" he said. "But if I can't, defense is always there. I can be versatile because you never know what your body is going to do.

"I'm switching off at both until I find my identity. I don't really care. I don't have a preference. I'll play whatever. I just like football."

Roberts said it's been a dream of his to play college football, and as he started dominating at South, coaches took notice. He has several scholarship offers, and said Arizona State and Kansas continue to try to sway him to change his mind.

A Coloradan since he was about 3 months old, Roberts has no plans to leave.

"I've always liked Boulder, since they started recruiting me my sophomore year," he said. "I've been up there so many times and got to experience so many different things and it's always fun.

"I just like it because the football team, they continue to get better. I want to be a part of that."


Roberts tore the MCL in his left knee late in South's season, but said this week, "It's getting better. I start physical therapy next week." He expects to be fully healthy when he arrives at CU in June. ... Roberts will become just the second Denver South player on the CU roster since 1983, joining current Buffs running back Phillip Lindsay, who will be a junior. Lindsay is the nephew of Roberts' high school coach, and Roberts spent this past season blocking for Lindsay's younger brother, Marcus.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.