The clock may be ticking on former Scott High School running back Jordan Taylor Roberts and his professional football career.
Roberts, 24, was cut last week from the Ottawa Redblacks roster during pre-season camp.
Roberts, winner of West Virginia’s prestigious Kennedy Award as the best high school football player in the state after his senior season at Scott, is now listed as a Canadian Football League free agent. That means Roberts is free to sign with any other CFL team.
Roberts, who also starred during his collegiate career at the University of Charleston, was originally recruited by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. After being cut by Kansas City, Roberts was among the first to sign a contract with the newly-formed Ottawa squad.
Ottawa reporters covering the Redblacks had been impressed by Roberts during the pre-season and many expressed surprise that he did not make the team. One sports writer earlier called him, “the man to watch” on the Redblacks squad.
The CFL has also been embroiled in labor negotiations with their players’ union. A tentative agreement reached late last week appeared to salvage the 2014 regular season for teams in the league.
Roberts, who many describe as the best high school football player who ever suited up in southern West Virginia, lives at Sod in Lincoln County. Prior to joining Scott High’s team, he played midget league football for the Duval Raiders.
Roberts performed impressively for the Skyhawks, including a stint as quarterback of Coach Shane Griffith’s team when the regular play-caller was injured.
Roberts was released with another American import, Will Heyward, as well as Ottawa native defensive back Delroy Clarke. The Redblacks, at the same time, signed receiver Marcus Henry, who had spent the last three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Roberts set a number of state records as a member of the Scott team and is pursuing other teams expressing interest in his continuing his career.