Roberts Pulls Trigger, Stays Home

There’s a pipeline being formed between Bellevue High School and the University of Washington when it comes to football players. In 2014 the Huskies picked up five Wolverines - Budda Baker, Shane Bowman Morgan Richey, Max Richmond, and UCLA transfer Mitch Johnson. The year before that it was linebacker Sean Constantine; the year before that Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip.

The pipeline will continue flowing west for 2015, as Wednesday night offensive lineman Henry Roberts verbally committed to the Washington Huskies via Twitter.

Henry Roberts @TheHen747 Officially committed to the University of Washington. #GoDawgs #Family

Roberts picked the hometown Huskies over offers from Stanford, USC, Oregon, UCLA, Wisconsin, and others. Roberts is the 11th known public verbal commit for the Huskies, and the second in-state tackle to pledge, following Wenatchee’s Trey Adams.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Roberts, rated by Scout.com as the No. 25 offensive tackle in the 2015 recruiting class nationally, was going to verbally commit like Baker did - on KING-5 TV. But his Thursday decision date didn’t mesh with the Seattle Seahawks, who start their 2014-15 regular season at that time versus the Green Bay Packers.

“I was going to do it but then we called and they said the Seahawks was going on to0, so it wasn’t going to happen,” Roberts said, matter-of-factly.

It was all pretty much down to formality at this point, as Roberts told Scout.com he had actually decided he was going to be a Husky in May but wanted to make sure he took his time and got his mind right and make sure he really wanted to go there.

The timing of the decision was also based on it being Bellevue’s last home practice before they head south to face Gardena Serra Saturday night and both his parents were also in town on Wednesday.

“It was time,” he added, matter-of-factly.

So what eventually put Washington over the top in Roberts’ mind? “The coaching staff,” he said. “They are super-awesome guys. All of them.”

And his future offensive line coach, Chris Strausser? “He is so well-rounded and he doesn’t have a big temper and I think he connects with his kids really well,” Roberts said.

How did first year UW Head Coach Chris Petersen take the news of Roberts’ decision to stay home? “He was so fired up and so happy and everything,” Roberts said.

Roberts will start out at tackle at Washington, and doesn’t have a preference whether it be left or right tackle. “I just want to play,” he said.

When asked if he thinks Bellevue is becoming a pipeline, he said all you have to do is look at the numbers. “I think so,” he said. “I think there is. I really do. I think it’s the coaches.”

And that should come as very good news for Washington fans, as Bellevue’s 2016 recruiting class is going to be one of the best in the nation, with Isaac Garcia and Isaiah Gilchrist leading the charge for the Wolverines.

Now that Roberts’ college decision is well out of the way, he can now focus on helping Bellevue continue their winning ways. “We’ve been preparing our asses off the whole time and it’s been super crazy,” he said when asked about their Saturday night game with Serra down in Oceanside, Calif.

For those interested in watching the game, it will be carried live at 7:30 by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet (DirectTV Channel 691), and by ROOT Sports delayed directly following the Seattle Mariners game, approximately 8:30 PT.

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