New London (WI) offensive lineman Gabe Roberts committed to Pitt over the weekend, and will officially sign his letter of intent at his high school today at 10 am Wisconsin time, or 11 am in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh was a late addition to the Roberts sweepstakes, but the 6-5, 290-pound two-way lineman said his initial interest in Pitt came from some early contact with offensive line coach Bob Bostad. The initial contact with the offensive line coach and his track record, to Bostad being able to offer him a scholarship at Pitt—it became a no-brainer.
"At Wisconsin, I wasn't really being looked at until I sent my film to him," Roberts said. "I began meeting with him a little bit. He really knows his stuff. He liked my form, how I got after it on the field. He really shoots it to you straight. He's really an honest guy, an o-line guru. The last two years, he's had five guys drafted into the NFL."
Not to mention it was just two weeks ago, that the Pitt coaching staff was trying to map out who to bring in over the course of the final two official visit weekends. Roberts said once Bostad invited him in, things moved very quickly. From there, he quickly acclimated himself to Pitt's campus and the surrounding area.
Pittsburgh, I didn't really hear from them at all, on a Tuesday, he said here's the deal, I wouldn't have you come up this far; honestly he just wants what's best fo r his players, pretty decent relaiotntihps with me, got me out there, talked to me more, talked football, most of time, see myself living.
"When I went down there, I really enjoyed myself," Roberts added. "It wasn't just the football side. The academics were top notch. Some of players I hung out with, I really enjoyed that.
"Pittsburgh is obviously a bigger city. That was different. You come in from the airport, and out of the (Fort Pitt) tunnel and there's Pittsburgh. That's a great view. There is a little similarity with Madison. Pitt has Fifth Avenue, which is like State Street in Madison, but this was my first big city experience."
Big city experience aside, it also sounds like Roberts' tour guide gave him a little history lesson of Oakland. Roberts made reference to the legendary bar The Decade, which was home to several legendary rock concerts.
"The city has a lot more culture," Roberts added. "They have (The Decade), where U2 and The Ramones used to play. The Carnegie Museum is also there. That was really interesting to me."
Roberts was a first-team all-conference selection on both the offensive and defensive lines. He was also recently selected to play in a Wisconsin all-star game, which will be played in July.