Roswell’s Roper Catching Fire in 2021

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In just the first two weeks of the season, Robbie Roper has gone from a relatively unknown commodity to one of the more talked about signal-callers in the state of Georgia. The surge in media hype is justified, and just two games into the season the 6’3″ 2022 quarterback has thrown for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns – giving him the 2nd most passing yards in the state and the most touchdowns.

Roper’s meteoric start to the season is surely worth the recognition (hence this article) but it’s his dedication during the offseason that has given him an edge over the competition.

“In the offseason I trained with weights twice a day. Once at school and then with a personal trainer after school. I also went to QB lessons with Tony Ballard and Ron Veal over the summer.”

We have seen it for years now with Roper. The constant work, always crafting his game and improving literally every day of the year. The 2022 QB has gone from a player who was fighting for the starting job at Woodstock his sophomore year to now being a two-year starter on the #6 team in 7A.

Colleges have quickly taken an interest in Roper. Morgan State submitted an offer last week, they now join Western Carolina as his lone offers, but several FBS programs have been in recent contact.

“I am currently talking to Toledo, Florida State, GT, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt.”

Roper plans to visit each school this fall and has a few other circumstances pop up as well.

“Ole Miss invited me to the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Labor Day. GT is coming to see me against North Paulding on the 10th of September, and Vanderbilt invited me up for a game also in September,” he said.

Roper’s newfound FBS interest is certainly warranted with the near-perfect throws he has made this year. The senior is expertly leading his receivers downfield with an excellent trajectory and is hitting his receivers just perfectly in stride. Even with tight coverage, Roper is finding ways to fit the football in for a completion.

Roper has really improved how quickly he is releasing the football, and just doing a great job of going through his progressions and taking what the defense gives him. Truthfully, it’s the high IQ of Roper and unparallel work ethic that we have seen for years now that makes him stand out among his peers. The extra time in the weight room has made Roper more mobile moving around in the pocket, and he is already on track to easily eclipse last season’s 300 yards rushing. 

“My team goal for the remainder of the season is to make it to the 7A State championship. My personal goal is to throw for 3,500 yards and have 35 TDs.”

Those are some lofty goals, but one that Roper should eclipse if he continues this current pace, especially if Roswell plays deep into the playoffs like Roper hopes. There is certainly a lot of excitement around the Roswell program and their star QB who is setting defensive secondaries on fire. Will they continue this incredible pace on offense? You’ll just have to continue to follow along, so go ahead and give Roper a follow on Twitter to see his latest football and recruiting updates this fall. 

Quick editorial, but we should have Roper’s profile up tomorrow, so the story will be updated as soon as the profile is published.


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