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Roberts updates his process

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Rivals250 presented by Under Armour wide receiver Austin Roberts has been winding down his recruitment for the last couple of months. The Carmel, Ind., prospect updates where that process stands and his plans for the immediate future.
"Right now, my family and I are really looking at each and every school under a microscope," Roberts said. "We may take an extra visit or two within the next month. Then, after those visits, I'll have my mind made up."
A late-July or early-August timetable is the target for a commitment. USC and Ohio State are in contention for one of those "extra" visits in the coming weeks, as is an SEC school that has made a late run.
"I think I am going to drive down to Alabama, too," Roberts said. "They are definitely in the top group right now. I have been speaking to my family, my coach and my coach at my old high school, and Alabama keeps coming up as a great fit for my personality and my skill set."
An original top four of Ohio State, Florida, Miami and Stanford was in place last spring. That group has expanded since, but Roberts still has his eye on each of his four original favorites.
"They're still definitely in it, but I can't get back to Florida and Miami because I'm not going down to Florida this summer," he said. "That's why I took those visits in the spring, so I could make sure to get the info off the visit to help me make my decision."
Roberts was close to making a commitment in April, and he said at that time there was a specific school he was leaning toward. The decision to slow his process, though, has leveled the playing field.
"Since my dad told me to slow it down, it has kind of evened out a bit," Roberts said. "Personally, I still have a lean to that team, but my dad wanted me to be 100 percent sure so that is why I have evened things out."
Two other programs that remain in the conversation and are potential summer visit destinations are Louisville and Tennessee.
"I think on my way down to Alabama we may stop by Tennessee," Roberts said. "With all the good things we've heard about Tennessee with what Butch Jones is doing, how he is handling the team and the great facilities they have, we might as well visit."
No dates have been set for July campus visits, and any that are taken are at least a week out for the nation's No. 170-ranked player.
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