South Carolina’s heralded 2011 recruiting class has lost a member to injury three weeks before practice even starts.
Marcquis Roberts -- a linebacker from Powder Springs, Ga., who was rated a three-star prospect by most recruiting analysts -- will have shoulder surgery later this month to repair a partially torn labrum and won’t be able to return to full contact until spring practice in 2012.
“It’s a little disappointing,” Roberts said. “I thought I was going to at least be able to show what I can do, but it’s cool.”
The surgery will be done in Columbia but has not been scheduled, Roberts said. He suffered the injury early last season while playing for McEachern High School, where he had 86 tackles and six sacks last season. He disclosed the injury to South Carolina’s coaches during the recruiting process and an X-ray and MRI performed after he enrolled in classes at Carolina confirmed surgery was required, he said.
“It really doesn’t hurt like that, but they want to get it cleared up,” Roberts said.
Roberts will play either weak side linebacker or spur when he does return, he said.