Carmel (Ind.) High four-star receiver Austin Roberts has spent a lot of his summer in the Los Angeles area visiting family.
Four-star WR Austin Roberts will major in broadcasting at UCLA.
Soon, the West Coast will be his home away from home.
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Roberts announced his commitment to UCLA.
“I sat down with my family and talked pros and cons of all the schools and we decided that UCLA is the best option for me to continue my educational and athletic career,” Roberts said.
It took Roberts less than a week to pull the trigger for the Bruins, as Jim Mora and his coaching staff extended the scholarship last Thursday. Before giving his word to UCLA, Roberts considered offers from his other finalists, Alabama, Miami and Ohio State. Roberts’s father Alfredo played for the Hurricanes and is now an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts.
“Definitely when I went to visit California and L.A., I realized what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be in the future is on the West Coast,” Roberts said. “When UCLA offered, my dad came up to me and told me this is the place, knowing you, your skill set, your personality and what you want to do, this is the place for you.”
Roberts told Mora and the staff this past weekend he was in the fold and waited to announce it publically. He becomes the fifth commit for the Bruins in the class-of-2014 and the third receiver, joining Barry Ware and Jordan Lasley. He is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 26 receiver and No. 180 prospect overall. The No. 3 rated player in the state of Indiana, Roberts has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“I talked to Coach Mora and he pretty much told me everything exactly the way I wanted to hear,” Roberts recapped. “UCLA has a great alumni base and great degree that gets you places you want to go. I talked to Coach (Eric) Yarber and he told me how I’d be a bigger wide receiver as a Y and that they could move me around for mismatches.”
Roberts has never been to the UCLA campus but plans to check it out in two weeks.
“My dad has been there multiple times on different scouting trips,” he said. “My mom, pretty much everyone in my family on the West Coast has been there and told me it’s awesome. I can’t wait to go check it out.”
Roberts began his prep career at Tampa (Fla.) Plant before transferring to Carmel prior to his junior season. An all-tournament selection by the staff at The Opening, an invite-only summer event held at the Nike World Headquarters earlier this month, Roberts also held scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Stanford, Tennessee, USC and Virginia Tech.
“I really think they’ve done a great job, them being Austin and his family through this whole process,” Carmel head coach Kevin Wright said.
“When we first talked a year ago, they talked about as far as priorities what they wanted is a great school from an academic standpoint. They wanted to go to a school where they had football tradition and a great staff. Finding the right fit for him as far as an offensive scheme because he is a hybrid guy. Some guys recruited him as a tight end, some as a big receiver. The kid is 6-2, 217, runs 4.5 in the 40 legit, and has a 39-inch vertical jump. UCLA is getting a guy that fits really well in their system. They’re getting a high-character kid. They’re getting someone from a football standpoint that is not only a good athlete but has a good football IQ and is a good student. I think both sides are excited and I think it’s a perfect match.”
Roberts plans on majoring in broadcasting.