Class of 2022 Festus (Mo.) High School college football prospect Kaian Roberts-Day is a versatile athlete with the option to play various positions when projecting to the college level. Committed to Baylor since May of 2020, other schools continue to come in with offers in an effort to change his mind.
Over the last few days, the 6'4", 220-pound prospect has picked up offers from Tennessee's new staff while also adding an offer from the reigning national champion, Alabama.
Before football, Roberts-Day's first love was on the hardwood playing basketball. He still plays the sport but with his football recruitment picking up steam, he admits he has shifted his focus to that.
"Basketball was my first love, I guess, even though I was not very good at it," he said. "Me being a person who wasn't good made me work, and I kept going to the gym every day, but I felt like nothing was working. I lost confidence and gave up on the basketball dream, but still had the skill to play at the varsity level, but then my brother died, and football was his sport, so that's how I fell in love with football."
In September of 2019, his twin brother Kadin tragically passed away after going into sudden cardiac arrest after a football practice.
Now Kaian plays the game that serves as a memory of his brother.
"It's not that it brings me closer to him as we were already really close," he said. "If anything, it's all I have left of the memory of him."
Almost eight months after the loss of his brother, Kaian received his first Division I scholarship from Baylor on April 30th, 2020. Just days later, on May 2nd, Roberts-Day verbally committed to Baylor.
"Kadin really led me to that decision, and it's been kind of hard with other offers coming in," he said.
Roberts-Day is now a national recruit and will continue to work through recruiting process at his own pace, leaving an opportunity out there for all of the schools recruiting him.
"Nobody will make me change my mind. Only I will make myself change my mind about what I want to do for the next four years of my life," he said.
While the process has been tumultuous, as his brother is not alongside him to experience it, Kaian has remained humble throughout it and hopes to find a school he can call home at the end of it.
"I want to find the best fit for me, and I hope I can find a place that's good for me to live, go out and have fun, has good facilities, and where I can manage my grades," Roberts-Day said.
Festus High won 10 games in 2020 thanks in part to Roberts-Day, who may wind up as a pass rusher, H-back or even a traditional linebacker at the next level.
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