Pflugerville, TEXAS — Basketball was his first love, but when Cedric Roberts tried football, he quickly found out that’s where his future was.

“I asked my mom if I could play and she said yeah,” says Roberts. “I didn’t even know I could do this and that’s when it started happening.”

What started happening is that Roberts became a dominant force on the defensive line for Pflugerville Hendrickson. After a solid junior season in 2020, the colleges came calling with offers this off-season. Roberts jumped quickly on one of those early offers and committed to Baylor.

“Got to really feel like you’re at home before you make that decision,” Roberts said of his first commitment. “Honestly, my first decision, I wish wasn’t like that.”

Roberts decided to back off that commitment to Baylor and open his recruitment back up. That led to Oklahoma coming into the picture and being the school that he ultimately wants to play for.

“They [OU] made you feel at home,” says Roberts. “Coach Riley, the speech he gave when I was up there, he talked like it was heaven. OU is the real deal.”

So Roberts is solid in his plans to sign with Oklahoma in a few months, but it doesn’t make things easy being committed to the Sooners while living in the Austin area.

“Out here they are all Longhorns and I respect that until I get to OU,” says Roberts. “But yeah it’s difficult.”

Before he heads off to college, Roberts is trying to end his high school career with a successful senior season. 

“I definitely have to step up and show the team how to be a leader and where to focus at when it’s game time,” says Roberts. 

Hendrickson has started the season 1-2, picking up their first win last week over Belton.