Roberts is a Bruin

Wide receiver Austin Roberts of Carmel (Ind.) High discusses his decision to commit to UCLA. Roberts details how his relationship got started with the Bruins, including how his dad's connections paved the way, why he knows it's the right fit academically and athletically, and what specific role he'll be playing in UCLA's offense.

It didn't take long after receiving an offer from the Bruins last week for four-star wide receiver Austin Roberts of Carmel (Ind.) High to know that UCLA was where he wanted to spend the next four or five years of his life. Roberts committed to UCLA on Wednesday afternoon, though he knew for three days prior when he cancelled his visit to Alabama that he wanted to become a Bruin.

"This is just a great feeling," Roberts said. "I can't wait to get out there. UCLA is a great match for everything that I'm looking for. They offer a great education, and that is the main thing."

Roberts chose UCLA over finalists Alabama, Florida, Miami and Ohio State. He was offered by UCLA on July 11, less than a week ago, but the connections the Roberts' family has with the UCLA program dates back much longer than that. Roberts' father, Alfredo Roberts, has coached in the NFL for 11 years, currently serving as the tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts and formerly with the same title at Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Jacksonville.

"My relationship with UCLA got started in the first place because my dad knew (UCLA associate sports information director) Rich Bertolucci when they were both at Cleveland," Roberts said. "It continued with [wide receivers] Coach Eric Yarber, who coached wide receivers with the Buccaneers the same time my dad was a coach there too. My dad knows they are all great people at UCLA, and he has a lot of experience in this business."

Roberts said finding out it was the right fit academically and athletically with UCLA was the next step in becoming a Bruin.

"It's a great school for what I want to do after college, what I want to pursue as my profession," Roberts said. "I want to do something with media, and they have a great program for that and I'll get exposure."

"They see me as a big wide receiver that they can move around a lot to go up against linebackers and smaller defensive backs," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver added. "I think that I fit that role really well. UCLA passes first in order to set up the run."

Roberts has yet to visit UCLA during the recruiting process, but he'll soon get to check out campus as a committed prospect.

"I went to UCLA a long time ago with my family," Roberts said. "My dad has been there a lot on business and all of my mom's side of the family lives in Los Angeles. I'm visiting UCLA in two weeks. I'll also take an official visit there this fall, but I need to figure that out because we don't get bye weeks in our football schedules in Indiana."

Roberts emphasized throughout the entire recruiting process that his dad offered advice when Roberts sought it, but this decision was first and foremost his own.

"My mom is really happy," Roberts said. "And my dad, this means a lot to me, he has absolutely no reservations about me going out to California and attending UCLA. He couldn't be more excited I think. He knows I will be getting a great education. The only negative he says is that I'll be kind of far away, but that's what airplanes are for."

Roberts committed to UCLA from Dallas, Texas, where he spends part of his summer training with his father and former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson and Johnson's kids.

Roberts is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 29 wide receiver in the class of 2014 by Scout.com.

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